“My food,” said Jesus, “is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work.”
– John 4:34 NIV
What motivates you to work hard? What drives you to excel? What pushes you to be the best at what you do? What inspires you to give your all, not settle for less, go for the gold, pull yourself up by the bootstraps, or never say die?
I have always enjoyed reading the verse in the Gospel of John 4:34. The statement Jesus makes to His disciples about the ‘food’ that drives Him to live out the will of his Father continues, to this day, to be a source of inspiration and motivation for me to remain grounded in the simplicity of the ‘purpose’ of life. Jesus is indirectly communicating, by using the topic of food, what inspires and motivates Him to live and experience the fullness of life He came for us to have.
Food, quite simply, satisfies our hunger and provides fuel for the body. Jesus, then, is using the topic of food with the disciples as a teachable moment to address a greater issue of life’s true purpose, as He had just finished using the topic of ‘water’ to lead the woman at the well towards salvation through revelation of Himself as the source in their dialogue about ‘living water.’
In that same vain, in relation to the questions posed at the beginning of this writing, what is your ‘food?’ For the Christian, should not each of us express the same passion for doing the will of God and finishing the work of God as Jesus expressed? A recent conversation on this verse reminded me of the truth that the same Jesus who declared His passion for living, or His ‘food,’ now lives in me. Which means I can learn to allow ‘doing the will of God,’ and ‘finishing the work He prepared in advance for me to do,’ to be my food as it was for Jesus. Much like the scriptures says about letting this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus.
Father, bless us and help us to allow the mind of Christ to inspire us and motivate us to act in living with the same passion and purpose as Christ lived so we may do Your will and finish the work You prepared in advance for us to do.
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