If you are a believer than you should daily be turning your heart and mind to the things of the Spirit rather than the physical things of this world. As we saw on Sunday morning from Mark 8, the disciples miss Jesus’ call when he states, “Watch out; beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and the leaven of Herod.” Due to their hard hearts and blind eyes they don’t see that Jesus is talking about the spiritual rather the fact that they forgot to bring a loaf of bread on the boat.
The truth is that we are constantly setting our eyes on that which we can taste, touch, and see rather than the things that are unseen. The things that are worthy of our minds attention. The things that deserve our hearts affections. The pearl of great price, Jesus Christ. Every page you turn the Bible speaks of the battle being spiritual, the way we walk to be in the Spirit, and for our minds to “be set on the things above (Col 3). So why do we turn our heads and find our hopes in whatever passes by our physical eyes?
Maybe this is the problem with the Emergent Church. This movement seems to think that the church has always spoke more about the Jesus but never really lived like Jesus ( some truth in this statement). Sure we should look to feed the poor and seek justice for the oppressed. And it is not a bad thing to even live with the homeless and share in their story. It’s a problem though when we feel that meeting these physical needs are an end of themselves. Instead, they should just be a gateway to the spiritual needs.
It’s almost as though Jesus is saying to his church today an echo of Mark 8. “Why are you discussing the fact that they have no bread? Do you not understand their true needs? It’s not about what is physical but that which is spiritual. It’s not about feeding them with bread but satisfying their longing hearts with the Bread of Life.” What the church truly needs is an emerging movement from the physical to the spiritual.