Jesus’ Attrition Problem

John 6:22-26 WEB

On the next day, the multitude that stood on the other side of the sea saw that there was no other boat there, except the one in which his disciples had embarked, and that Jesus hadn’t entered with his disciples into the boat, but his disciples had gone away alone. [23] However boats from Tiberias came near to the place where they ate the bread after the Lord had given thanks. [24] When the multitude therefore saw that Jesus wasn’t there, nor his disciples, they themselves got into the boats, and came to Capernaum, seeking Jesus. [25] When they found him on the other side of the sea, they asked him, “Rabbi, when did you come here?” [26] Jesus answered them, “Most certainly I tell you, you seek me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate of the loaves, and were filled.

It’s always provision. People seek, but not for God. Instead, people seek resources. In the above passage, Jesus comments it was no sign or miracle that attracted people. Rather, it was the food he gave the crowd that caused them to seek Jesus. In our modern era financial blessing is often the reason people seek God. Go on any social media and you will find authors and speakers posting about blessings.

But just like in Jesus’ time, people fall away when the expected blessing does not occur. In a few chapters, we are going to read about Jesus’ lonely journey to the cross. Jesus had an attrition problem. The same crowd that wanted bread is later chanting for Jesus to be crucified. The problem with people seeking Jesus for money or resources is when they do not get what they expect they turn away from Christ.

In a system that blesses those already blessed and diminishes those who are less fortunate, there is going to be attrition. The social gospel teaches connections and prosperity are signs of approval from God. But where does that leave the poor? Those who are hungry seek.

Lord Jesus, I acknowledge that all my supply comes from you. Please help me seek you as my Lord and King and not just my provider. In Jesus’ name, I pray, amen.

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