John 6:66 “From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him.”
We all have a point at which we say, “Enough is enough,” and we feel like quitting.
It could be the emotional strain of a relationship. It might be that something catastrophic took a life or devastated your finances. It may be that someone close betrayed your trust and turned their back on you.
Something unexpected, unplanned, something for which we were unprepared.
When Jesus spoke to those following, He said something that sent ripples through the crowd.
John 6:53 “Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you.”
Some thought Him a cannibal. Others could not comprehend the allegory Jesus had just put forth. Even the twelve men whom He would have follow questioned Him.
John 6:60 “Many therefore of his disciples, when they had heard this, said, This is an hard saying; who can hear it?”
Jesus then expounds on the truth.
John 6:63 “It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.”
At this point, many just turned around and left, leaving the twelve disciples standing there. Jesus seeks to test their decision to stay.
John 6:67 “Then said Jesus unto the twelve, Will ye also go away?”
Peter pipes up and replies:
John 6:68-69 “Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life. And we believe and are sure that thou art that Christ, the Son of the living God.”
It was their faith that held them bound to Jesus. It was the belief that He was indeed the Messiah, the Son of the living God.
We hear the truth preached and taught in our churches, and some seemingly take it all in without any change from wha they’ve listened to. Others might meditate on what they’ve heard but fail to search the scriptures to seek out the truth.
Then, some hold to a particular opinion and are offended when challenged. Unless our beliefs are biblically based, we should all be open to challenge those beliefs by searching the scriptures to see if they are worthy of placing our trust in them.
The Bereans were such a people.
Acts 17:10-11 “And the brethren immediately sent away Paul and Silas by night unto Berea: who coming thither went into the synagogue of the Jews. These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.”
We all have a point at which we will no longer tolerate a situation, circumstance, or person that goes against our belief system. Our choice at that point should be God-led.
To separate fellowship with someone or leave a church should be founded on scripture, not because we don’t get along or disagree. The disciples were drawn to Jesus by a force they were unable to pinpoint. But Jesus reveals it to us.
John 6:44 “No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.”
The Father places in every man the desire for the truth. Whether or not we follow that lead or decide to walk away is left to us. Some falsely believe that it is God who chooses who will be saved and who will not. God did choose, but not like they think.
2 Peter 3:9 “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.”
The Father chose ALL to be saved. He left it up to us to decide once we’ve heard the truth. For some, that is their breaking point. They choose to trust their religion over the Word of God. They follow the traditions they’ve been taught instead of challenging their belief with biblical truth.
As we grow in our faith, how we discern truth matters. I have found that if I cannot see a biblical basis for my belief, I must abandon it no matter how much it may make sense to me. I cannot trust my own heart to verify my views.
Jeremiah 17:9 “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?”
I will leave you with this thought.
David, the sweet psalmist of God, wrote Psalm 139. In it, he declares his hatred for those who hate God.
Psalm 139:21-22 “Do not I hate them, O LORD, that hate thee? and am not I grieved with those that rise up against thee? I hate them with perfect hatred: I count them mine enemies.”
He takes up what seems like a righteous cause, right? But the verses that follow reveal his true self.
Psalm 139:23-24 “Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”
David realized that though he may be zealous for God, he needed to check with God first to see if he was feeling and thinking was correct.
We would all do well to check with God before we plunge into a matter. Especially when we reach a point at which it will break us. The Word of God is our shield, buckler, and our high tower. It is our sole source of faith and belief.
To add to it or take away from it is dangerous. So, before we reach our breaking point, we would do well to check all things with our Heavenly Father before plunging into what could be a trap of the devil.