Truth Stole Away Fame, Evans Olang

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John 6:1-70, “26 Jesus answered them and said, “Most assuredly, I say to you, you seek Me, not because you saw the signs, but because you ate of the loaves and were filled”

Sparing people’s feelings drives many people not to speak truth in love. Men in general do not take rejection kindly. We try so hard protect our images at times at the expense of not speaking truth. It is easy to speak truth in someone’s life when good things are happening, but how about the bad? leaders are careful of speaking the truth because they do not want to lose their congregation. To speak the truth has caused some to dilute the word, coat it or ignore it completely. Speaking the truth has broken some friendships. Despite of it all, we still need to speak the truth in love. “Speak what I want to hear and I will draw close” sums up most of our messages today. I am so craving for the truth that if there is something I have been clinging on as the truth and is not, I am ready to abandon it and follow truth. God anoints truth and the truth shall set us free if we are willing to listen to it.

Jesus in our text had just fed more than five thousand with less. His question was, “what do you have?” People often complain that they do not have anything to give while in the Lord’s eyes, He has already provided something that He will use to get the job done, but this is a message for another time. Jesus takes a young boy’s lunch to feed everyone. He took less did much with it because He was anointed. The interesting thing about feeding of more than five thousand, He gave thanks instead of asking for multiplication. These five small loaves and two small fish did not multiply or even increase in size and numbers. They were the same, the only difference they were not running out as they distributed. He taught them, healed them, accommodated them, led them, comforted them and even fed them. If you had someone who did all these for you in this world, you would want to follow that person right? I would.

Here is the thing that got me, in as much as Jesus was doing all these, He wanted His followers to understand that He was more than material provider. Luke 19:10, “For the son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost“. His primary responsibility in this world was to glorify God the Father by seeking to save the lost, the rest became benefits. So we have people who have been fed and sent away. The next day they came again looking for Jesus. They do not find Him where He was the previous day, they sail quite a distance to find Him, John 6:25, “And when they found Him on the other side of the sea, they said to Him, “Rabbi, when did You come here?” Spoiled people who found a Person to follow and have their needs met. At one point even Jesus knew they would try and force Him to be their king simply because of what they could gain by following Him. Sadly enough, there are people who seek the Lord or ask other people to seek the Lord on their behalf not over who He is but what they can get from Him. It’s like saying, “I don’t really want to serve Him, I just want Him to provide for my needs”. “As long as my needs are met, I will be on my way and when I run out, I will seek Him again”.

John 6:26, “Jesus answered them and said, “Most assuredly, I say to you, you seek Me, not because you saw the signs, but because you ate of the loaves and were filled“. Jesus pointed the truth they needed to hear, the reason for following Him. He had a big congregation, speaking this truth of course would impact His congregation and many if not all would possibly leave Him. The point I need to highlight and make it clear, JESUS WAS NOT ABOUT FAME BUT TRUTH. John 1:17, “For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ”. He begins to teach them about the spiritual bread and we know majority were offended for the sake of the word and because they did not get what they came for. John 6:66, “From that time many of His disciples went back and walked with Him no more”. They had an opportunity to be cleansed from wrong motives but they chose to walk away because the truth was too hard to swallow. What is the truth about God’s kingdom, Romans 14:17, “For the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit”. Truth is like salt applied to a wound, it is painful but it heals if it remains.

Why are you following Christ or why are you seeking Him? is it because of what you can gain from Him? What is truth to you? is it easy for you to hear it and desire a change or would the truth put you off? Would you care about the fame at the expense of not telling the truth? We have a choice. The word of truth Jesus spoke stole away his fame in that city but we know He was not about the fame but the truth. It is all about Him. John 14:6, “I am …the truth…”. Lord I want to serve You for who you are and I want to walk in Your truth, Psalm 25: 4-5, “4 Show me Your ways, O LORD; Teach me Your paths. 5 Lead me in Your truth and teach me, For You are the God of my salvation; On You I wait all the day”. Blessings Ev

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