What comes to mind when you hear the word "foundations"? 

Most likely, you would think of tall skyscrapers in the city, sturdy bridges that have worn the test of time, or maybe you recently had a home built that started with laying the foundation.

There are other foundations, too. Emotional and non-materialistic ones. Moments, meals, friendships, and achievements all shape the kind of people we become.

In no particular order, some of the things that have added layers of foundation to who I am are Eggo waffles; Power Rangers (Mighty Morphin'!); running; getting my college diploma; working with Chi Alpha for five years now; bookstores; journaling; being married. The list could go on.

I bet there are moments and memories that come to mind when you think back on what has shaped you, too.

When we see Jesus engage with the people on foundations, we see that he's not just talking about physical and temporary things. Instead, he's casting a vision for something bigger and greater than what the people are after.

John 6 is home to one of the more notorious miracles of Jesus: the feeding of the five thousand men. With just five loaves of barley bread and two small fish, Jesus feeds the multitudes--and there are scraps left over! That's how John 6 opens up. 

When we read in John 6:25, these same people that were fed at the beginning of the chapter are after Jesus. Sadly, it's not because they realized he is Messiah, but because they got free handouts! They were hoping for more bread and fish! After all, bread was a staple for the people of Jesus' day. It was foundational for them! So, Jesus seizes the opportunity to cast the vision for what the people thought they were after: bread that fills. 

32 Jesus said to them, “Very truly I tell you, it is not Moses who has given you the bread from heaven, but it is my Father who gives you the true bread from heaven. 33 For the bread of God is the bread that comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.” 34 “Sir,” they said, “always give us this bread.” 35 Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.
— John 6:32-35

Jesus was alluding to the bread that feeds the soul. Essentially, he was saying, "I am this bread. I am the staple for your daily life. I am foundational. I am the bread that you need to take every day to keep going." Though Jesus cared for people's physical needs, he also wanted to care for the people's spirits, too. He wanted to feed their souls.


What's feeding your soul right now? 

We have a buffet in front of us on a regular basis. Sometimes we pick and choose; other times we will get a little bit of everything. Savory items like checking up on our Facebook posts to see if they've achieved the appropriate number of likes; the delicacies of our GPA and how our soul reacts if we got an A- instead of an A+; appetizers that fill our Gcal because we're afraid we're going to miss an important event or forego an opportunity to build stronger relationships with our peers.

What feeds your soul? I invite you to strive to make Jesus a daily part of your diet. Feast on his teachings. Chew on his words. Let them set in you, allowing yourself the freedom and opportunity to let go of the "quick and easy" meals of this life and opting for something much better, much more foundational.

28 Then they asked him, “What must we do to do the works God requires?” 29 Jesus answered, “The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent.” 47 Very truly I tell you, the one who believes has eternal life. 48 I am the bread of life.
— John 6:28-29; 47-48

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