Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to accomplish His work.”

John 4: 34

 

In this verse Jesus has redefined meal planning, and He has made it very simple. For as it was for Jesus, so it can be for all of us who follow Him. God provides us with a true banquet of His blessing, grace, and purpose. He grants each of us His continuous presence, and He fills the seconds of our lives with the riches of His purpose. Christ calls to us to respond to the same calling that He followed.

 

Although we are taken from the darkness, the cold, and the starvation of this world and seated in glory in the Kingdom of God; we still need to choose to participate in the feast. Full enjoyment of the bounty that Christ has purchased for us is not found in being present; it is made real by being engaged. While Jesus was living in the flesh with us, He did not live a passive life of reflection on God’s truth. Jesus went into the lives of people, and He touched those lives with love, healing, justice, and grace as the Father instructed Him to do.

 

Likewise, we will find our true filling, our real satisfaction, as we go into our world and do the will of God. We do still need to be continually prayerful, and we never can stop searching the Word of God to gain understanding of Him and of His will. However, the result of prayer and of study of God’s Word should always be engagement with his Creation. Christ draws us out of our selves and into the places where He walked. He directs His followers to see the great harvest of souls that are all around us, ready to be cared for and loved by the One who can bring them relief from the hardship and the oppression of living under the death sentence that sin imposes. Deep satisfaction is found as we feast on the banquet that is God’s will for each of us.

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