“Do not labor for food that perishes, but for the food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give to you” (John 6:27).
This verse is another good reminder of what is most important. We labor so we can get things we need. We work not only for food, but also clothing, shelter and all the basic physical needs of life. But in the verse above, Jesus warns us not to labor for food that perishes. He certainly does not mean that we should not have jobs. In fact the scripture encourages Christian people to work and make a living (2 Thess. 3:12).
But even as we do that we must be laboring for something else. Or shall I say, Someone else. We are to be laboring for Him. We must remember that our ultimate goal in everything we do is to bring glory and honor to King Jesus (1 Cor. 10:31). Our work at home, at school, in business, and in our church is done for Him. We seek after Him in faith that he gives us salvation from sin and prepares us for the eternal Kingdom. In another place, Jesus puts it like this, “Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you” (Matthew 6:33).
So whatever your labor is this week, remember your number one purpose is to strive toward that eternal life which Jesus has secured for you on the cross.