When the sun is shining, we may be tempted to dust off the barbecue and enjoy a little al fresco dining. This might involve a few burgers or sausages, but some of us get a little more adventurous by grilling fish. Whether wrapped in foil or cooked directly over the coals, grilled fish is rather wonderful! Cooking fish in this way has been done for thousands of years. Jesus prepared a hearty barbecued breakfast of fish and bread on the beach, to refresh his disciples after a frustrating night’s fishing. After miraculously filling their nets with fish, he then filled their bellies, before preparing them spiritually for the work ahead of them. (See John 21) During this breakfast, the disciples may have recalled another miracle Jesus performed earlier in his ministry which also included bread and fish. Jesus used a boy’s picnic of five small loaves and two small fish to feed around 5000 men, besides women and children! You can imagine the impact that had on the crowd – a free supper! Jesus’ popularity exploded overnight and the following day the people were back searching for this miraculous meal provider. When they found Jesus, he said to them: ‘You are looking for me, not because you saw miraculous signs, but because you ate the loaves and had your fill. Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life…’ John 6:26-27 (NIV). We need to ask ourselves whether we, too, are so preoccupied with the material things of this life – the food, clothes, homes, cars, holidays and so on – that we forget to pay attention to more important things. Do we long for a sunny weekend to be able to fire up the barbecue to grill some fish with no thought for our future, or do we prioritise seeking the “food that endures to eternal life”? God himself asks in Isaiah 55:2-3: “Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labour on what does not satisfy? Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good, and your soul will delight in the richest of fare. Give ear and come to me; hear me, that your soul may live…” God’s word, the Bible, should be our spiritual food, and if we fill our minds with that instead of material things, we will be fully satisfied both in this life, and the life to come. pershore.bible pershore-christadelphians.org

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