Editor’s Note: The AMI QT Devotionals from August 23-4 are provided by Joanna Tzen.
Devotional Thought for Today
John 6: 66-7
From this time many of his disciples turned back and no longer followed him.67 “You do not want to leave too, do you?” Jesus asked the Twelve. 68 Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. 69 We have come to believe and to know that you are the Holy One of God.”
The first time I read the Chronicles of Narnia was right after I graduated from college. I never thought to read it before because the fantasy genre was not of much interest to me. However, after I became a Christian in college and while job-searching, I figured that reading the Chronicles of Narnia was a good use of time. The passage above reminds me this quote from The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe: “Is he (Aslan) – quite safe? I shall feel rather nervous about meeting a lion”…”Safe?” said Mr. Beaver …”Who said anything about safe? ‘Course he isn’t safe. But he’s good. He’s the King, I tell you.”
As the disciples found out, Jesus is anything but safe, but He is good. After Jesus shares that He is the Bread of Life and He talks of people eating His flesh and drinking His blood (through Communion, even though people took the literal meaning), people who had followed Him across the lake began to turn away. Jesus talked about His death in such stark terms so as to reveal the hearts of the people who desired their comforts through an earthly kingship—they did not want the true King.
Jesus was not the kind of savior they were looking for. They were looking for a worldly savior who could deliver them from Roman oppression. But Jesus was talking about dying, and surely that was not part of the plan for worldly savior and conquering king. Jesus simply did not fit their mold.
However, His disciples saw someone different. Even though they had only followed Him a short while at the time of the feeding of the 5,000, they knew they had seen the one true God incarnate on earth. They were not looking for what they wanted, or what was safe, but they were seeking the truth—and they found Him.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, I desire to enthrone Jesus as the true King of my heart. I know He is anything but safe, but He is good because He is Your Son. Even when I am fearful, remind me that I can trust in Your promises. Amen
Bible Reading for Today: Luke 2
Lunch Break Study
Read Luke 12:13-5: Someone in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.” 14 But he said to him, “Man, who made me a judge or arbitrator over you?” 15 And he said to them, “Take care, and be on your guard against all covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.”
Matt. 19:20-22: And behold, a man came up to him, saying, “Teacher, what good deed must I do to have eternal life? . . . . 21 Jesus said to him, “If you would be perfect, go, sell what you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.” 22 When the young man heard this he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions.
Questions to Consider
- As we have learned this morning, people come to Jesus for different reasons. Regarding the man in the crowd who made a request to Jesus, did he want Jesus or something else?
- What motivated the man in the Matthew passage to come to Jesus?
- Based on how you actually live, why do you think you seek Jesus?
- The man in the crowd wanted what Jesus could do for him so that he might gain financial freedom; he didn’t necessarily want Jesus himself.
- The rich young man wanted Jesus as his Savior but not as his Lord who has the governance over his life.
- Personal response: Give it a serious thought.
In light of our devotional and study theme for today, let us do according what the Psalmist writes in Ps. 139:1-2: “Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way of everlasting.” Reflect on that passage for a minute, and then respond back to God.