32 But He said to them, “I have food to eat of which you do not know.”
33 Therefore the disciples said to one another, “Has anyone brought Him anything to eat?”
34 Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to finish His work. 35 Do you not say, ‘There are still four months and then comes the harvest’? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are already white for harvest!
In our humanness we often put physical needs first. When tired we need to sleep. When hungry we need to eat. The disciples were hungry from their walk and they assumed Christ was hungry too so they bought Him food. But when they brought it out to Him Jesus told them that He had already eaten and was full.
Has excitement ever curbed your hunger? Were you ever so excited about something that you skipped a meal and did not even realize it? Christ had done the Father’s work and had led this woman to understand her spiritual need. She left realizing that He was the Messiah and was on her way to tell the community and then to bring them back to meet Him. Christ was excited, thrilled by this great opportunity to save a soul; in fact, He was so excited that food wasn’t on His mind.
Jesus explained that His purpose in coming was not to eat but to do the will of the Father which was a work of harvesting souls for His kingdom. It is so easy for us to get distracted from our God-given purpose of life. When we focus on our human needs we are not focusing on our mission. Our flesh will take our human needs and put them first; God wants us to put His will above our human needs. It is a subtle switch but a switch that can mean life or death for those whom God would have us minister to. I realize that Jesus did not skip every meal nor did He give up sleep every night. He had to care for these physical needs. However, when the will of the Father was given that work took precedence over everything else.
There is still a harvest of souls. What physical needs can we lay aside to better serve the harvest? Do we believe that if we lay those physical needs aside once in a while that God will fill us in a different way?
We are thankful that Rob’s mom is off of the ventilator and are praying for a quicker recovery than normal. Pam is suffering with back pain and needs Divine intervention to be able to keep working. Pray for our elections that the people running will expose their true character in such a way that no one will be blinded by their facades. Pray that those who wish to slam the good character will also be exposed. “When the righteous are in authority the people rejoice but when the wicked bear rule the people mourn.” Pray for a righteous “ruler.”
Have a great day in the Lord,