John 6:26 (MSG) Jesus answered, “You’ve come looking for me not because you saw God in my actions but because I fed you, filled your stomachs—and for free.

When Jesus walked this earth, a vast multitude followed Him. They came for all sorts of reasons, some noble, some selfish. The same is true today if the truth be told. It’s important that we understand what motivates people to come to Jesus, because not all who seek Him are really His followers. In fact, we each need to analyze our own walk with the Lord: What do we want from Him? How committed are we to being His disciples?

Many of the people who followed Jesus did so because they had urgent needs that He alone could meet. Everywhere Jesus went, the sick and demon-possessed were brought to Him; this is one of the ways that God draws us to Himself. Those who can solve all their own problems never need a Savior. Once we have Jesus in our lives personally, then our lives are empowered to be agents of solving problems.

Other folks came for sensationalism and we see this pattern in many of our Church houses today. They wanted to see the signs and miracles and feel a thrill of excitement. Today some people come to church or conferences to get pumped up, but mountaintop experiences are always followed by valleys. When hardships or challenges come, such people are quick to abandon the Lord. But Jesus’ disciples followed Him because they genuinely believed He was the Messiah, the very Son of God (Matthew 16:16). Their commitment went beyond emotions or needs. They wanted to know Christ and walk closely with Him. Where are you on this matter with Jesus?

Are you more interested in what Jesus can do for you, more than in just being with Him? Do you find it hard to stay committed without an emotional experience to sustain you? Our physical and emotional needs can draw us to the Lord, but they should never be the foundation for our walk with the Lord. Blessings and love from my heart to yours!

Pastor James

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