Why Settle For Crumbs
William R. Campbell
Mission Bible Fellowship
When I read the early chapters of the Gospel of John where Jesus spends a great deal of his time teaching his disciples, Im often led to the thought, Boy they were really slow learners! But, not long after I indulge that thought I usually see myself in those verses. I realize my great ability, even inclination, toward wrong thought.
In John Chapter 6 we see Jesus feeding the five thousand. And though Jesus has already converted water to wine and performed a number of miraculous healings, Jesus still tests his Disciples by asking, Where shall we buy bread for these people to eat? Their responses indicate that they still dont quite get it. And if they, His own disciples, dont understand, imagine the general publics confusion.
The people wanted the miracles (the crumbs) but Jesus wanted much more for them. They wanted a piece of bread; Jesus wanted them to have his peace the Bread of life. Just as the woman at the well wanted water, yet Jesus wanted much more for her He wanted her to have Living water a well springing up to eternal life.
How often in our daily lives are we more focused on the need for some emergency fix, some miracle (crumbs really) when our real focus should be on our greater need? Whenever we find ourselves focusing on lifes everyday problems, our human tendency is to do the same thing the disciples didforget the solution is not within us, but rather it is of God. Thus we miss out on the Peace that passes all understanding.
How quickly we forget the words of Philippians 4:7, one of the great promises of God, Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
So, when the problems come (Oh, theres one now!) remember, dont settle for crumbs! Jesus has much more for us. Jesus is not pushy. He simply offers. Its up to each of us individually to recognize the free gift, and receive it
if we will.
Near the end of his Gospel John records these words, Jesus did many other miraculous signs in the presence of His disciples, which are not recorded in this book. But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in His name.
And As for me and my house, thats what were most thankful for this Thanksgiving season
Gods free gift, and all that that encompasses!