John 6:35-40 (NIV)

35 Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty. 36 But as I told you, you have seen me and still you do not believe. 37 All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never drive away. 38 For I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of him who sent me. 39 And this is the will of him who sent me, that I shall lose none of all that he has given me, but raise them up at the last day. 40 For my Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.”

John 6:27 (NIV)

27 Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. On him God the Father has placed his seal of approval.”

DEVOTION – Donna H. Eliason (Washington)

Every spring the farmer who owns the field next to our home spends several days planting seeds.  When he leaves, hundreds of honking geese fly in and start eating.  I imagine them saying, “Tell all the geese to come.  This banquet is too good to miss.  Here’s our opportunity to stuff ourselves.”  We love to watch them crowd together and then eat and eat.  It’s amazing that any seeds survive, bur the farmer still has a good harvest in the fall.

Jesus also calls people everywhere to come to his banquet.  He doesn’t want anyone left behind or unaware of the awesome opportunities and privileges that come to those who love and follow him.  We should be more excited than the geese and eager to tell our family, friends, acquaintances, and even strangers about his promises and love.  As we pray about opportunities to share this good news, God will give us the wisdom and opportunities to do so.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: The Good News is meant to be shared.

PRAYER: Thank you, God, that we can come to you for unlimited spiritual bread and water.  We want to know and to experience your promises and love.  Amen.

PRAYER FOCUS: FARMERS

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