- Matthew 16:5-11 (NIV) 5 When they went across the lake, the disciples forgot to take bread. 6 "Be careful," Jesus said to them. "Be on your guard against the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees." 7 They discussed this among themselves and said, "It is because we didn't bring any bread." 8 Aware of their discussion, Jesus asked, "You of little faith, why are you talking among yourselves about having no bread? 9 Do you still not understand? Don't you remember the five loaves for the five thousand, and how many basketfuls you gathered? 10 Or the seven loaves for the four thousand, and how many basketfuls you gathered? 11 How is it you don't understand that I was not talking to you about bread? But be on your guard against the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees."
Jesus' work is a spiritual one. He is concerned with our spiritual condition. The disciples underscore what happens with most of us in our dealing with Jesus though, we tend to think in the physical and interpret what He says in physical terms rather than spiritual things. In this interchange with the disciples Jesus tells them that when it comes to physical provision they need not worry because Jesus has proven that He can more than care for their needs, it should not even be a concern, after all, even the leftovers in the feeding of the thousands were more than they needed. It is reminicent of Jesus' words in the sermon on the mount, don't worry about clothes and food, God will take care of those things, instead spend time pursuing God and His will for our lives.
Listening to popular Christian culture today you realize that we have become more preoccupied with the material blessings that we believe is our God-given right. We focus on believing that God wants us to be healthy and wealthy. Jesus tells the disciples, "Wrong focus!" I provide for your material needs so don't even focus on it - be more focused on the needs of your soul. Later on in the chapter Jesus says to His disciples, "What good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul?"
What is our focus in our walk with God - the provision of physical needs or His provision for our spiritual condition?