Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Bread of Life

I read this scripture this morning:

John 6:30-35

So they said to Jesus, 'What sign are you going to give us then, so that we may see it and believe you? What work are you performing? Our ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness; as it is written, "He gave them bread from heaven to eat." ' Then Jesus said to them, 'Very truly, I tell you, it was not Moses who gave you the bread from heaven, but it is my Father who gives you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is that which comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.' They said to him, 'Sir, give us this bread always.' Jesus said to them, 'I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.'

In the midst of a lot of changes coming up this next year, I found these words of Christ encouraging. They give me peace. The team I work on is losing a couple of our key players and it's easy to look at our lack instead of what we have. I'm sure it's the same for you, that there are places in your life where there is simply "not enough." Not enough money, not enough laborers, not enough time, not enough strength, not enough health, not enough vitality. And they're not just things we want, they're things we need... necessities like bread and water, things we cannot live without.

Here's a reminder from Christ that he is the answer to those needs, the bread of life who eternally fulfills hunger, the object of a belief that brings springs of living water bursting up from within us. For those who know and walk with Christ the loss of all our resources is not enough to impoverish us. On the contrary, perhaps it is a reminder of the vast storehouse of riches available to us that we consistently forget about when we are "without need."

I am reminded that if I stay focused on my master, that he will take care of my needs by the unlimited resource of his presence. And that brings me a moment of peace.