The worst people on this earth are attention seekers. They will do anything just to seek attention or be with some top notch class of people because they fear rejection.
Attention seekers can be devilish because they will even act as the devil to be noticed by men.
There are some believers who think if they don’t please others including friends, they will lose their company and that will be a bitter feeling. So they just do what people expect from them not to be alone.
Most people use social media to seek attention because they think absence of people in their lives is defined as loneliness.
Loneliness is never the absence of people but the absence of the voice or direction of God.
Jesus has something to say about this in John chapter 6 as He depicted it for the clarity of His disciples.
In John 6:1-15, after Jesus had fed thousands of people with just two fishes and five loaves of bread, a lot of the people around wanted to follow Him but he knew their reasons for it was just because of the bread they enjoyed.
They searched for Him at Tiberius but he was not found until they journeyed to Capernaum to look for Him. Jesus had become popular i guess.
This was a test to prove the motive behind that miracle he did near the sea of Tiberius at Galilee.
“And when they had found him on the other side of the sea, they said unto him, Rabbi, when camest thou hither? Jesus answered them and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Ye seek me, not because ye saw the miracles, but because ye did eat of the loaves, and were filled. Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed.” John 6:25-27
They asked for a miraculous sign at verse 30 because their ancestors ate manner whiles journeying through the wilderness.
Jesus at verse 32 finally lets the cat out of the bag by telling them Moses never gave them the true bread from heaven but the bread of heaven is HE who came from heaven to give life to the world.
Notice in verse 35, the bread was personified.
In verse 34, they asked for this true life giving bread.
This was Jesus’ response.
“Jesus replied, I am the Bread of Life. He who comes to Me will never be hungry, and he who believes in and cleaves to and trusts in and relies on Me will never thirst any more (at any time).But [as] I told you, although you have seen Me, still you do not believe and trust and have faith. All whom My Father gives (entrusts) to Me will come to Me; and the one who comes to Me I will most certainly not cast out [I will never, no never, reject one of them who comes to Me].” John 6:35-37
Jesus was not an attention seeker. And is probably vivid now His real intentions for that miracle at the sea of Tiberius in Galilee was to fulfil the will of the father not to seek for attention.
Not everyone must be a close friend in your inner circle. Jesus made a profound statement in verse 37 that no one dares come to Him unless the father gives them to Him. I know many people have different meanings for this statement but we are looking at it based on this message not in general.
Jesus meant not everyone can be my friend unless God allows it. There are friends ordained by God to help us fulfil the calling on our lives and if we are led by God to the right place at the right time to do the right things at the right time, we will encounter what true friendship is all about like David and Jonathan.
Let’s focus next on their response to Jesus’ comments in verse 35 to 37.
To be continue…