“Are we satisfied with only the Bread?”
The name of this post is a translation of another post which touched me deeply yesterday. The photo is from the same post. My Portuguese is a little rusty, but I was able to follow most of the post and the comments, and I was deeply impacted.
That is one of the things I like about learning another language. At least until a certain level of fluency is reached, I have to stop and think about each word. Sometimes that is a pain in the neck, and I lose the flow of the whole message. But sometimes thinking about a sentence or paragraph word-by-word brings out meaning and depth that I would have missed had I just read it as quickly as I normally do in English.
[Disclaimer: I’m not sure about all the rules of quoting the bulk of another person’s post (“quoted” is used loosely here, since these are all translations) on the internet, but hopefully because I’m giving credit to the original source, I’m not doing anything unethical. Let me know if you know more about internet ethics than I do and if I’m violating them. On this post or any other.]
Here are some of the thoughts translated/summarized from the Portuguese post:
We are thinking about the sufficiency of Jesus in the lives of believers, those who have already believed in His sufficiency for salvation. Considering that Jesus is the bread of life, are we satisfied with only the bread or are we still wanting to add other ingredients to our individual liking and preferences?
Then Jesus declared, ‘I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me will never have hunger. He who believes in Me will never have thirst.’
I’m going to write out and post on my wall the Portuguese verse quoted in one comment: “A minha graca e quanto que basta” (I have NO idea how to type the diacritics here). That’s God’s response to Paul, “My grace is sufficient for you.” It just sounds really catchy in Portuguese.
Finally, the last comment on that post continues to penetrate my heart: “And when we say that Jesus is sufficient in our life, we have to be ready to remain without anything else. Without the things that we most want. Without the people that we most want. Because, He is sufficient…”
To the author and commentors on the original post: Muita Obrigada, Irmaos.