by: Cindy Ford
John 6:67-69 “You do not want to leave too, do you?” Jesus asked the Twelve. Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. We have come to believe and to know that you are the Holy One of God.”
Observation: Many turned from Jesus when they did not understand his teachings or believed his teaching to be too radical. John 6:52 Then the Jews began to argue sharply among themselves, how can this man give us his flesh to eat?" John 6:66 From this time many of his disciples turned back and no longer followed him. Eat his flesh and drink his blood? How could this be so? If someone you did not know walked up to you and said something along those lines, what would your reaction be? So, why did the twelve disciples not want to leave? Maybe it was that they had seen every miracle that he had done throughout his ministry, and that he was undoubtedly the Son of God. Or, could it be that they had spent the last three years with Jesus and had a relationship with him? The disciples knew Jesus.
Application: So, how do we get to know Jesus? The words above tell us that for us to get to know Jesus, we must commit time to the relationship. Have you had a relationship with anyone that you did not invest time in? That's not how things work, is it? Here are some suggestions on how we can spend time with Jesus: worship, scripture, prayer, meditating, listening to faith-based music, practicing gratitude, and caring for others ('Love your neighbor as yourself' Matthew 22:39).
Spending time with Jesus is the best way to get to know him.
Prayer: I am grateful, Lord, that you want to have a relationship with me. Even when I am wrapped up in the day-to-day living of life, you are there for me. Thank you. Open my eyes to all of the places where you are at work in my life and help me to live into my side of this relationship with you. Help me to make YOU a priority in my life, not just when I have or find time, but all of the time. You are the bread of life, the bread of my life. And I am grateful. Amen.
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Soooo true....love this!!