January 9 Your Greatest Desire

Scripture reading: Matthew 16:13–19

Key verse: John 6:48

I am the bread of life.

Part of the disciples’ training was practical application. Jesus would teach, then He would bring the lesson to life through a parable or a real-life experience. By walking on water, He demonstrated supernatural abilities. Withdrawing to be alone with His heavenly Father, He portrayed His devotion and set an example for His disciples to do the same.

A good example was the feeding of the four thousand; they were hungry and Jesus fed them. It was His way of teaching that He was the “bread of life” (John 6:48). Peter was so overwhelmed by all he had witnessed, he made the following confession, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God” (Matt. 16:16).

Jesus came to point men to God. He also came to identify personally with each one of us. The people prayed that Jesus was the One who would set Israel free from years of Roman oppression. They didn’t understand His greatest desire was to restore the love for God that man had lost.

What is your greatest desire? Is it to know God’s love and affection? During the Transfiguration, Peter was so overcome with emotion, he could only whisper his heart’s desire: “Rabbi, it is good for us to be here; and let us make three tabernacles” (Mark 9:5). Jesus was much more than flesh and bone; He was God, and all Peter wanted was to be found hidden in His love.

Dear God, my greatest desire is to know Your love and affection. Reveal Yourself to me in a new and greater dimension.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2000). Into His presence (p. 10). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

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