One of my favorite passages is here in John 4. Verses 31-34:
Meanwhile the disciples were urging Him, saying, “Rabbi, eat.” But He said to them, “I have food to eat that you do not know about.” So the disciples were saying to one another, “No one brought Him anything to eat, did he?” Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me and to accomplish His work.
We often make it a point to eat at least three meals a day. We constantly think about what we’re going to do for fun either when we get off of work, or over the weekend. We save money to buy things that we think we’ll enjoy. With 168 hours in a week, we think mostly of self fulfillment. It seems God gets the leftovers, maybe 8 hours if we’re feeling generous.
Leftovers are such humble things,
We would not serve to a guest,
And yet we serve them to our Lord
Who deserves the very best.
We give to Him leftover time,
Stray minutes here and there.
Leftover cash we give to Him,
Such few coins as we can spare.
We give our youth unto the world,
To hatred, lust and strife;
Then in declining years we give
To him the remnant of our life.
Jesus smacked this idea in the face with His life here on earth. He was sustained by doing the Lord’s work. We must change our minds and our hearts so that we are sustained by doing His will.
Don’t be fooled by the devil’s schemes. He wants us to try to get bread out of stones, but we must remember… man lives by every word that proceeds from the Father’s mouth. True life can only be found in Christ. We live in Christ by doing the will of the Lord. It’s how Jesus found His nourishment.
God said in 1 Timothy 5:6 that those who live for pleasure are dead even while they live. They constantly go to the earthly wells, just like the Samaritan woman did in our John 4 text. But Jesus pointed out that those wells cannot satisfy. He said we must drink of the eternal well. Ever notice how He gave this message twice in this passage? Both to the Samaritan woman and to the disciples. It’s the same idea.
Self service leads to death. Doing God’s will brings life.
Job 23:12 says “I have not departed from the command of His lips; I have treasured the words of His mouth more than my necessary food.“
I’ve mentioned food a few times in this post.
Is your mouth watering and your belly rumbling from hunger?
Are you full to the brim from your last meal?
Are you devouring a gourmet meal right now?
I’m speaking of spiritual food. What portion of His will are you putting on your plate?.