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Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, you are looking for me, not because you saw the signs I performed but because you ate the loaves and had your fill. John 6:26
What if you found out today that God is all out of miracles? What would you do? Would you still follow Him based on the sole fact that he gave His life to save you? Would you follow Him based on His love for you?
In the verse quoted Jesus is flat out telling these people that they are only following Him because He fed them not because they believed. Once He begins to be real in what it means to follow, all the thousands disperse only leaving the 12.
I recently went through some self examination where I asked my self that question, “Would I still follow?” Even if God does not bless me with a pregnancy? Even if I don’t get my dream job? Even if who I loved left me? If all these things happen would I still worship and believe? Yes, because my soul would cry out His praises in silence.He spoke and literally life began. He is the beginning and the end. He is the way, the truth and the light. He commands the oceans, the wind. So, how could I not?
How sad would it be if I just followed Him for what He could give me? How sad would it be if the reason I raised my hands was not for worship but just because I want to receive. What kind of life would that be?
The above verse is then followed by Jesus asking the 12 if they would be abandoning Him as well. To this Peter answers, “We have left all we had to follow you.” And just like Peter I want to answer Jesus with ” I have left everything at your feet to do as you will, as I follow you.” So now I want to put you on the spot and ask you the same question. Would you still follow Him if he had nothing else to offer other than salvation and love? Do you follow the man for who He is or for what He can give?