My wife and I rented a condominium outside Orlando, Florida, so we’d be close to family who lived nearby. We also wanted to visit Disney’s Epcot Center. Had been a few years since our last visit. We rented a timeshare from its owner. Every day one of the management-team would call us with an offer of free Disney Epcot tickets if we would attend a timeshare sales meeting.
We’ve been to other such spiels. Have you? I’d rather have a root canal than go to another! Slight exaggeration!Finally, beaten to a pulp, I agreed IF we could get those Disney tickets BEFORE we went to ‘timeshare torture’. They agreed and we had great fun at Epcot. Even better when it’s free!
Went to their infernal meeting, preceded by a mediocre breakfast buffet. They sat us down, much like the Czars’ family before the Bolsheviks. Then they proceeded to beg, badger and browbeat us. I had told them, every single day, that we would never, ever buy a timeshare. Not for us.
They knew they’d wear us down. Finally, as if in utter defeat, the sales bloke turned to us and said with disgust: ‘you did it for the tickets’. I had told them that! Guess the truth does hurt…them!
Jesus feeds all those people, over 5000. With only 5 barley loaves and 2 dried or pickled fish. Everyone is full. There are even left-overs! What a miracle! Their eyes can hardly believe what their stomachs are telling them. Full as full can be!
But Jesus senses something more going on here than meets the eye. Actually, it’s less. The crowd follows Him– only for what they can get out of Him. For His goodies. The blessings. The prosperity.
The crowd follows Him–but not for Him alone. Not to serve Him. Not even for forgiveness of their sins, but for full stomachs and material gain.
Is that you? Sometimes, you say. Me too. Must own up. He knows. He still loves us but wants us to fess up. Love Him above all else…or anything. Love Him for being God in the flesh. Who He is… and always has been… and will be. Our all in all! That’s enough. He’s more than enough. Satisfied?
Prayer: Lord, we love you. You alone are the very best. In Jesus’ name. Amen.