FOLLOWING FOR WRONG REASONS
Jesus answered, "I tell you the truth, you are looking for me
not because you saw miraculous signs
but because you ate the loaves and had your fill."
Christ tells the people that they're following him, not because of his teaching, but because of their stomachs, which they hold dear. They were thinking to themselves, "Jesus is a great teacher for us! He'll give us freedom. We will all be full and satisfied, getting whatever we want." In this passage, the Lord reveals what type of followers the gospel will attract. Even today, the gospel attracts people who think it will fill their bellies, satisfiy their desires, and help them here in this life.
This idea is so common today that I have almost become tired of preaching and teaching it. People, pretending to be sincere disciples, come to hear a sermon. But under this guise, they come only for personal gain. However, the gospel wasn't sent from heaven in order to allow people to fill their own bellies, take whatever they want, and do whatever they pelase. Christ didn't shed his blood for this purpose!
The gospel proclaims God's glory and teaches us how to praise the Lord. God wants us to praise him. He wants us to do what pleases him. If we make God's honor and kingdom our first priority, then not only will he give us life and everything we need in this world but he will give us eternal life as well.