Welcome to 2009! You made it! After all the parties, the family reunions, and the vacations from work, you made it to the first day of a new year! Welcome.
Over the last few days we've heard talk of dreams and resolutions for the New Year. It seems every year, we are more and more hungry for the New Year to bring ultimate satisfaction in our work, in our appearance, or maybe in our spiritual lives; but the fact remains…
Empty promises fade away
Unless we are disciplined…it will be a hard road to conjure up the staying power to keep it going.
Jesus talked about this kind of self-preservation.
It was John 6 when the five thousand people were sitting up on the mountain listening to His teaching. They were hungry, and Jesus recognized the physical need. Remember….
It was the five loaves and two fishes the little boy brought to the disciples, and Jesus turned it into enough food for all to be full with a large leftover pile.
Then He said something very interesting…"I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never hunger, and whoever believes in me will never thirst." (v.35)
I don't think Jesus meant that all our physical needs for food will disappear. In fact He makes illusions to the manna God supplied to Moses and the different kind of bread He offered here in this situation.
I think Jesus was saying, your hunger and thirst for the things of this world will keep coming like your hunger for physical things comes when its time to eat. He's saying ultimate satisfaction can only come through following Him.
I'm convinced beyond a shadow of a doubt, New Year's resolutions may fill your spiritual belly for a moment, but it's not until you find the staying power of Jesus that your soul will ultimately be filled.
Make this year one of satisfaction.
Don't bow to the temporal things of the world.
Go Find the bread that will fill you, forever.