Living on a Spiritual diet

Spiritual satisfactionIn the meantime, His disciples urged Him, saying, “Rabbi, eat.” But He said to them, “I have food to eat of which you do not know.” Therefore the disciples said to one another, “Has anyone brought Him anything to eat?” Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to finish His work. 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! And he who reaps receives wages, and gathers fruit for eternal life, that both he who sows and he who reaps may rejoice together. For in this the saying is true: ‘One sows and another reaps.’ I sent you to reap that for which you have not labored; others have labored, and you have entered into their labors.” (John 4:31-38)

In the story of the Samaritan woman, we discover that Jesus is the source of living water that satisfies our spiritual thirst. Thirst speaks of dissatisfaction and when we drink of the Lord, we are satisfied. Beginning in verse 31, the Lord begins to show us that after receiving salvation we still need to be satisfied. This happens when we learn to eat another type of spiritual food.

But He said to them, “I have food to eat of which you do not know.” John 4:32

The Lord Jesus taught that there are two ways to feed ourselves spiritually: by doing the God’s will and by finishing His work.

Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to finish His work.” John 4:34

To do God’s will is spiritual food (4:34)

Naturally, we know that the Word of God is food for us, but did you know that obedience to God’s Word is also food? The more that we obey; the more we are strengthened to continue to obey.

To do God’s work is spiritual food

Some pastors and leaders feel exhausted when doing God’s work, but Jesus said that to do God’s work is a type of food. Any work that we do that takes away our strength and makes us inwardly tired may not be God’s work, but merely human activity. The work that God has designated to us leaves us more and more fed and strengthened.

What is the work of God that Jesus came to do? The apostle John perfectly illustrated this through his account of the evangelization of the Samaritan woman. Therefore, the work of God to which Jesus refers is to beget children for God. We can say that just as God sent Jesus, Jesus has also sent us.

So Jesus said to them again, “Peace to you! As the Father has sent Me, I also send you.” (John 20:21)

For Jesus to send us just as God sent Him, implies that we have the same mission, the same provision and the same power. The Lord himself mentioned three reasons why God had sent Him.

To seek and save the lost

For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost. (Luke 19:10)

To manifest the works of God

The Spirit of the LORD is upon Me, Because He has anointed Me To preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives And recovery of sight to the blind, To set at liberty those who are oppressed; To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD.“ (Lucas 4:18-19)

To teach and to evangelize

Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people. (Matthew 9:35)

The harvest is ready – John 4:35

We have no need to wait for a better time to preach since Jesus said that the harvest is ready.

Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.” (Matthew 9:37-38)

One sows and the other reaps – John 4:37-38

The Lord has called us to reap that which others have sown before us.

For in this the saying is true: ‘One sows and another reaps. ‘I sent you to reap that for which you have not labored; others have labored, and you have entered into their labors. (John 4:37-38)

We reap some reward today – John 4:36

And he who reaps receives wages, and gathers fruit for eternal life, that both he who sows and he who reaps may rejoice together. (John 4:36)

According to biblical principles of evangelism, we can enjoy the fruit we have treasured up today.

Advertisements