Am I wisely focused on work that will last for all of eternity, or work which only yields results in this temporary life?
24 Once the crowd realized that neither Jesus nor his disciples were there, they got into the boats and went to Capernaum in search of Jesus. 25 When they found him on the other side of the lake, they asked him, "Rabbi, when did you get here?" 26 Jesus answered, "I tell you the truth, you are looking for me, not because you saw miraculous signs but because you ate the loaves and had your fill. 27 Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. On him God the Father has placed his seal of approval." 28 Then they asked him, "What must we do to do the works God requires?" 29 Jesus answered, "The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent."
INSIGHT: Twenty four hours earlier, these people had just witnessed Jesus providing them with a miraculous and delicious meal and they wanted more. Obviously there is nothing wrong with wanting to eat and to have your basic needs met, but Jesus was trying to get them to understand their need for salvation, not just another temporarily full belly.
Believe in and obey Jesus as your top priority, and not only will God provide for your temporal needs, but you will inherit eternal blessings as well, which are far more important. False disciples often come to Jesus for the power, the miracles, the temporary comfort, and the hope of a better life now. The reality however, is that Jesus primarily came to save us (sinners) from the condemnation that we are all headed for, and instead to prepare us for heaven. He did not come so that we can just live happy and comfy here. As Spirit filled believers, we are strangers and pilgrims just passing through. Our real comfort is in His presence, and our real home is in heaven with Jesus. As you yield to the Spirit in your life and He takes up full residency in your heart, you will think like this more and more.