In the temptation of Jesus, Jesus is enticed by Satan with bread after He has been fasting in the wilderness for forty days. Jesus replies, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God’” (Matthew 4:4). This is an important reminder for all of us. Life is more than the food we eat. We need more than a roof over our head. From time to time, we will hear of someone who is quite wealthy who commits suicide. Some people are puzzled by these accounts. Why would someone who has so much, choose to end their life? It is because life is more than possessions. It is more than food, clothing, cars, houses, etc. One does not live by bread alone.
The true source of life is God. Every person needs spiritual nourishment. Without it, we will perish. We need to be connected to God. We need to be fed from his word. We need to be in conversation with Him through prayer. We need to worship the One who is greater than ourselves. This is real life. The problem with modern society is that we often try to make life about things which are not life-giving. A brand-new car, for example, may make you feel good, but it will not make your life better. If we want to improve our lives, then we must turn to God.
Jesus promises us abundant life (John 10:10). The life He gives does not begin after we die. It begins now, but we must trust Him and follow Him. The life-giving practices that Jesus wants us to adopt are quite different from the world. Our culture teaches us to seek after more things. Jesus teaches us to desire less stuff. Our culture wants us to believe that fame will fulfill our ultimate desires. Jesus teaches us that being known by God will make us whole. Abundant life is available. We must make sure we are connected to the source and walking in the paths that are truly life-giving.