How NOT to Follow Jesus
“30 So they asked him, “What sign then will you give that we may see it and believe you? What will you do? 31 Our ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness; as it is written: ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat.’”
32 Jesus said to them, “Very truly I tell you, it is not Moses who has given you the bread from heaven, but it is my Father who gives you the true bread from heaven. 33 For the bread of God is the bread that comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.”
34 “Sir,” they said, “always give us this bread.” John 6:30-34 NIV
We’ve seen in the last devotion that the people came and pursued Jesus after He departed. That seems like a great thing. We’ve also discovered that they came, they approached Him with wrong motives and as a result, were rebuked and challenged by Jesus.
We learn in this passage how NOT to follow Jesus…
1 – Be willing do God’s work, only if Jesus meets your expectation first.
The people asked Jesus for a sign BEFORE they would follow Him. They wanted a sign. If Jesus is God, follow and surrender to Him as God.
2 – Be willing to follow God, only if He does what you want Him to do.
The people pledged their obedience to Jesus if He performed signs for them. He needed to prove Himself to earn their obedience. Their obedience to Jesus was contingent upon His performance. Too many believers today follow Jesus contingent upon His making their lives easier, their pocketbooks fatter, or their families safer.
If Jesus is God, follow and surrender to Him as God.
3 – Don’t pay attention to the miracles right in front of you.
The people asked Jesus to perform the very sign which they had just witnessed. In verse 30-31, they asked if Jesus would feed them like Moses did their ancestors. It’s amazing that Jesus fed the 5,000 earlier in John 6!
Often times we can miss the miracles God is doing today, because we are focused on what God did yesterday. While it is important to honor what God has done in the past, we need to pay attention to the signs He is doing today. If Jesus is God, follow and surrender to Him as God.
4 – Be focused with God’s work in the past, and ignore God’s work in the present and future.
The people focused on what God did during Moses’ time… while missing that the Messiah was standing right in front of them!
Though we celebrate God’s work in the past, it is easy for Christians to get stuck in hoping and waiting for God to do the same thing in the same way. We must not ignore God’s work in the present and future because we are focused on what He did in the past. If Jesus is God, follow and surrender to Him as God.
Create in me a clean heart O’ God, and renew a right spirit within me. In the precious name of Jesus Christ my Lord, amen.
Ty Tamasaka is an author who hold a Master of Arts Degree from Pacific Rim Christian University in Christian Ministry He is a Bible teacher who loves to encourage people to enjoy Jesus’ grace and extend His Kingdom. Ty just released his new book More than a Conqueror: 5 Pathways to Personal Revival.