“After this many of his disciples turned back and no longer walked with him. So Jesus said to the Twelve, "Do you want to go away as well?" Simon Peter answered him, "Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life, and we have believed, and have come to know, that you are the Holy One of God."”
John 6:66-69 ESV

Jesus popularity plummeted when the multitudes discovered earthly riches were not to be gained through a connection with the humble Galilean. They missed who Jesus was and what it was he was capable of giving them.

It is natural to desire a white picket fence life, but God desires infinitely more for us now and in the life to come. He has come to break the power of sin and death and restore us to the communion of heaven and the likeness of God.

God's goodness can be experienced in the presence or absence of earthly treasure. As we grow in our relationship with Him at some point He outshines all of our previous pursuits. When we know him, loss or gain can not separate us from Him. This is where Christ's inner circle differed from the multitude. They could not bear to leave him even when it appeared their association with Him could prove detrimental. Jesus was like no one they had ever met, He was the real deal and they couldn't go back to their old lives, they were stuck with him.

Nothing is sweeter than realizing we are "stuck." This is what a knowledge of God's love does, it sticks us to our Heavenly Father and to each other, for better or worse. Are you stuck, captured by a love that is just too good to walk away from? Hold on by faith until you can't let go.

Still Seeking His Face,
Pastor Andrew

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