Today’s Bible reading is John 6 and it leads us to an important reminder. Listen to these words of Jesus. They’re worth thinking about as you begin your day:
“Do not work for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give to you.” (John 6:27)
It’s a big question with eternal consequences: “For what am I working today? For whom am I really working today? What’s the aim of my living this week?”
“Do not work for the food that perishes.” We can take that directive and apply it in a variety of ways:
- Don’t work for the house that deteriorates
- Don’t work for the car that will eventually break down
- Don’t work for the boat that rusts
- Don’t work for the pool that will inevitably leak
- Don’t work for the vacation that is here today and gone tomorrow
- Don’t work for the techno-toys that so quickly become outdated
There’s nothing inherently wrong with those things, but life is bigger–so much bigger than stuff.
The world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever. (1 John 2:17)
Let’s live with that awareness today: this world is passing away. This is not our home. The desires and trinkets of the here-and-now won’t endure into eternity. And they can never truly satisfy.
“For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul?” (Mark 8:36)
With all that in mind … for what (or whom) are you really working today? Let’s seek first those blessings and spiritual treasures that will endure to eternal life.