Spend time working for the kind of food that lasts.
[Steve Myers] I was at the store the other day and my wife sent me to get some special vegetables for a meal that we were having. And I'm going to the store, I don't know a whole lot about where things are at and what they're doing and which ones should I buy. There are so many different choices out there. It's amazing even when it comes to vegetables. And so I'm looking at different ones and then I saw one that caught my eye because on it, it had this little seal. Maybe you've seen something like this. Oh, I'm a terrible artist so you have to put up with me. But it said USDA organic. And it wasn't a blue seal, it was kind of greenish seal if I remember right.
And it was like "That's the one I should get," because I had to search around and like, "Okay, I think that's gonna be the best one." And when we look around for that sort of thing, you look for something that tells you, all right, this is the best. Some people smell the cantaloupes or they have their little tricks in trying to sort out what's the best piece of fruit to buy or what's the best vegetable to purchase, you know, that sort of thing.
And as I was thinking about that, it took me quite a while just to buy some carrots because, you know, there's all these different varieties of things. And I couldn't help but think of what Christ said about laboring for food that perishes because, you know, this stuff doesn't last very long. And this is the passage that kinda came to my mind as I thought about it. In John 6:27 John 6:27Labor not for the meat which perishes, but for that meat which endures to everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give to you: for him has God the Father sealed.
American King James Version×is that section of scripture where Christ says this. He says, well let me flip the page, I'm on chapter five. 6:7, " Don't labor for the food which perishes but for the food which endures to everlasting life. And the son of man will give you or which the son of man will give you because God, the father has set his seal on him."
And that was a great reminder for me. I'm looking for all these different kinds of carrots that are out there, and it was kind of a hassle, something I wasn't used to necessarily doing and I had to kind of work to try to figure out which ones to finally get. But when it comes to our spiritual life, Christ is telling us, "Work for what's best work for what's good." Strive to put on the character of Christ, that's really what it's about. Have our will, our food to really honor God in what we do and that's what will really last. The food's gonna get used up, it's gonna be gone but this is what God looks for. And in fact, what he says when we do that, when we strive to work for the food that produces eternal life, we get a whole lot better seal than the USDA organic seal.
Here it says that God sets his seal, some translations say, "His seal of approval," on those who are seeking eternal life. And so let's labor for that food.
Next time you're at the grocery store and you're looking through a different thing, maybe you'll think of this passage, have this passage come to mind. I'm gonna work that much harder for the things that really count, for the ways of God, for the will of God. And so let's make that our goal so that God can set his seal of approval on us.
That's BT Daily. We'll see you next time.