“What can we do to perform the works of God?” they asked. Jesus replied, “This is the work of God — that you believe in the One He has sent.” John 6:28-29
Our daily labors and struggles in life are defined by perishables returns. Labor for food and many other things which are for our comfort and temporary satisfaction. People are running hither and thither constantly to fulfill that need, that is what defines our daily labor. Jesus told the crowd that followed him that they had labored to find him for their temporary need; you are only interested in food for your stomach which will only satisfy you for a moment. The next day, they would again labor to find him for the satisfaction of the day, that is not meaningful when there is something better offered which will satisfy forever.
“Esau is called in Scripture “a profane person.” (Hebrews12:16 [KJV]). He represents those who lightly value the redemption purchased for them by Christ and are ready to sacrifice their heirship to heaven for the perishable things of earth. Multitudes live with no thought or care for the future.” – E.G.White (From Eternity Past. p.117)
While many were searching for Jesus every morning, they were not in search of eternal life, they were not seeking for forgiveness of sin, or seeking to believe him as a messiah they only sought for their daily satisfaction. Jesus told the crowd not to struggle looking for him to satisfy their stomachs but rather labor to seek him for the course for which he came. Labor for their own faith in Jesus as a the lamb of God who had come to redeem them.
Jesus would like us to seek him for what is to offer for our redemption. We keep the sabbath, and do many good deed but the question remains, why are we laboring so hard, have we discovered the true reasons for following Jesus? Have we believed in God’s plan of our salvation or it could be still viewed as a food on my table, or job security, or social security.
We may be laboring in God's vineyard serving diligently yet without eternity in view without, Jesus in focus. Jesus is saying follow me for eternal good, not for reasons that will serve no purpose in your salvation. Jesus was saying as you follow me, know me as a the fulfillment of a promise to save mankind freed from sin, as an answer to the problem of sin, as an expression of God's unconditional love to one created in his own image.
Jesus’ words for the people then and for us today were, “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” Matthew 6:33