My Meat. . .God’s Will

John 4:34

Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of Him that sent Me, and to finish His work.

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I was going to write about several verses in this passage, but as I started to dig in, study verse 34, I began to think that just this verse was worthy of a whole post of its own.

Everything Jesus said has depth, wisdom, profundity. He never spoke in a silly, meaningless way. He had only three years to accomplish His work, and He wasn’t about to waste one minute of that time.

Does that mean He never laughed, never just relaxed and enjoyed Himself? No, I don’t think so. I think He laughed when He spoke with children, enjoying their innocence. I think He relaxed when He visited in the home of Mary, Martha, and Lazarus. I believe He enjoyed the fellowship of His disciples. We aren’t given a minute-by-minute account of His ministry. I’m sure, partly because the disciples needed it, that there were times when they simply sat around a fire and talked with each other. Fellowship is a great restorative.

But back to this verse. Jesus told His disciples that what strengthened Him, nourished His body and Spirit, was to do the will of the Father.

Remember when He was only twelve, and He stayed back in the Temple to discuss the things of the Father with the priests and rabbis? When His mother questioned Him, He said He had to be about His Father’s business. Even then, He understood that His purpose on earth was to carry out God’s eternal plan of salvation.

Is there something you especially love to do for the Lord? Something that energizes you and gives you a deep sense of satisfaction? For me, it’s teaching. Specifically, teaching the Bible. I know beyond doubt that doing so is part of God’s will for me. I’m thankful that I’m still able to do it as I advance into my 70’s, and I pray that it will continue to be possible for many more years.

Jesus’ entire life was devoted to doing the will of the Father! It was like food and drink to Him to obey God.

Furthermore, He knew what He faced in Jerusalem at the end of His earthly life, and He was willing to be obedient to that, as well.

I recently heard of an African pastor who was beheaded last week because he refused to deny his faith. Here is the link to the news story:

https://www.christianitytoday.com/news/2020/january/nigeria-boko-haram-kidnapped-pastor-hostage-video-testimony.ht

Are we willing to die for Him? It’s happening often today. So far it hasn’t come to us in America, but my American readers need to understand that Satan’s whole purpose is to destroy Christianity wherever it lives.

Jesus wanted to complete the work of His Father, and He did so. Later on in the Book of John, in chapter 17, which is truly the Lord’s prayer, Jesus says He has done the work. He is soon to be sacrificed for the sin of mankind.

I deeply desire, at the end of my life, to be able to say I have accomplished what God has meant for me to do.

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