Seeking God First (SSL)

June 5, 2016 

John 6: 25-27

One of the great miracles that happened on the shores of the Sea of Galilee was the feeding of the five thousand not counting the women and children who were there as well. After the miracle, feeding Jesus sent the disciples to the other side of the lake in a boat and He went up on a mountain to pray. Jesus went to His disciples by walking on the water. The disciples were still in the boat in the midst of a storm. The next day the crowd came looking for Jesus and His disciples. 

1 Blessings 

How many times have you thought, “I wish God would bless me?” Maybe those thoughts and words came to you when you were asking God to answer a specific prayer. Maybe it was during a time when you were going through a problem in your life or sensed some type of adversity coming in your life. God is faithful to His children. There are many different ways to receive God’s blessings, but most often, we think of them from a material sense. We often believe that money or material things are what we need to make things better in our lives. The people who followed Jesus did the same thing. Have you ever received what you wanted only to find that it did not satisfy you the way you thought it would?

Does God bless us far beyond material things? 
How has He blessed you spiritually? 

2 Materialistic Attitudes

After feeding the five thousand, Jesus challenged and exposed this materialistic attitude. 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.” (v 26) Many followed the Lord in order to receive something. Their eyes were set on seeing miracles, receiving material, and physical provisions. Jesus wanted them to see Him for who He was. Jesus is the Bread of Life in whom and through whom all their needs would be met. Material things will rot, rust, decay, and one day be no more. It seems that our society has bought into the deception that the more I have the happier I will be. Many people have found out the hard way that this lie cannot satisfy their soul. 

How materialistic is your attitude? 
Are things more important to you than relationships? 
Are things more important to you than the Lord Jesus Christ? 
Is it possible that we may need a wakeup call in this area?

3 Intimacy With Jesus Christ 

The greatest of all God’s blessings has nothing to do with material wealth and social position, and everything to do with the closeness of His presence. That is why He instructed His disciples by saying, “So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” (Matthew 6: 31-33) Are your eyes set on the Savior because of what He provides or because you love Him personally? The test of true love is this: abiding with the One, you love regardless of anything else. Learn to love Him and Him alone; then all your needs and cares will be satisfied. Could you say to the Lord today, “Dear Lord, I am not seeking things. I am not just pursuing your blessings. I am seeking you because I love you and I trust you with my life!”