Devotional Guide, Today’s Reading – Saturday, February 20, 2021


Text: “Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed.”   – John 6:27.

Comment:  While carrying out his earthly ministry, there was an occasion when our Saviour Jesus Christ had to multiply food for five thousand men besides women and children with only five loaves, and two fishes. This miracle convinced the multitude that Jesus Christ is the promised Messiah and so they wanted to impose kingship on him. Seeing that their motives were purely carnal,  our Saviour gave the charge in the text for today. We should not make the acquisition of material things in this world the sole end of all our labours in this world, in that the world will be destroyed by God someday. Rather we should strive for knowledge of God, righteousness, and support for the work of God,  or else all our  labours will be in vain.

Contrary to the exhortation by Jesus Christ, many people look down on the knowledge of God. It must be admitted that while secular education is needful for one to function reasonably well in the world, to get employment, pay one’s bills and give one a fair understanding of how the world works, the benefits are limited in that it cannot teach one the righteousness of God or give one life. Our Savior said: “It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.” – John 6:63.