Let us compare the extremely brief benefits of physical food with the eternal benefits of spending time with Jesus who said, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.” (John 6:35). The satisfaction from each really has no comparison. Jesus points to this huge difference to the Jews in verses 48-49, “I am the bread of life. Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died.” I have never seen anyone escape death who just eats physical food without a personal, intimate relationship with Jesus. But this bread that Jesus offers is “so that one may eat of it and not die” (6:50). In fact, just to make the point abundantly clear, Jesus continues; “I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever.” (John 6:51).
How much time are you spending gathering with the Lord and His Word (“the living bread”), preparing your heart to eat at His table, and allowing the Holy Spirit to apply this bread to your life? The difference has eternal consequences!