Envision bacon sizzling on a skillet as you prepare your most beloved breakfast. Can you smell the bacon by just thinking about it? Can you begin to taste it as you concentrate your mind on the smell? For bacon lovers, this is an intoxicating smell regardless if it’s just being imagined.
Jesus, in the passage above, is pretty much calling out the crowd of people that came looking for Him, not because Jesus is a great conversationalist, not because His teaching was so amazing, not necessarily because he was doing some pretty awesome miracles, it was because of free food.
I’m sure there are many reading this that are guilty of caring more about their breakfast than the current Sunday morning message that is being delivered. For us pastors, this could hurt our feelings until we realize that if it happened to Jesus, it will happen to us.
There is a tendency to care a lot more about physical, temporal, materialistic things than about the spiritual. I think this is a battle for all of us because our flesh is hungry for the things of this world, but the more we push into the things of God and learn and understand our Savior more, the more we will learn that the spiritual and eternal things of this life are by far more intoxicating to the soul than even, dare I say… bacon!
Pastor Jason Witt