In 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! — John 4:31-35
Jesus reminded His disciples––and us––about what is “meaty” in God’s eyes. After a long day, His disciples asked Him if He was hungry. He wasn't. He said that doing the will of God was His meat––His food! Jesus found satisfaction, strength, energy and nourishment in doing God's will. Jesus defined what He meant concerning God’s will when He said, "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.” God's will is reaching the harvest – the lost – and when we pursue His will, it becomes meat for us!
If you're hungry for "meat" – start reaching the lost! Go after the harvest and you'll have spiritual food that others dream about!
Sometimes, something happens to us as we grow in Christ. We get saved, we start walking with Jesus and we're excited about sharing our faith with others. We seem to know instinctively that our number one job is to tell everyone about Jesus – His mercy, forgiveness, joy and peace. We are compelled to preach this good news and we stay energized and nourished in doing so!
Then… somewhere along the way we lose sight of our primary purpose. We read our Bibles, begin growing in faith and sometimes, we get weird. We start to believe that our goal is the accumulation of knowledge, revelation and faith. Sometimes believers say things like, "I need something meaty…" or "I don't want milk; I want meat!" By that, they often mean they are looking for a deep, spiritual, meaty truth that will feed their spirit and add one more piece of revelation knowledge to their bank of information. These things are important and needful; but they are not our primary focus! We can go to every meaty conference being offered for believers... we can feed ourselves spiritually until we are fat and sassy...but if we are not reaching lost people and keeping our eyes on the harvest, we'll still feel something is lacking––we'll still be hungry for meat!
Today, do you need meat? Your meat is to do the will of God and go after the ripe harvest!
Say This: "Father, I want to be like Jesus. I choose to focus on meat that others don't know about. My meat – satisfaction, strength, energy, nourishment – is to do the will of Him that sent me. In obedience to You, I am lifting my eyes up all over my city, neighborhood, workplace and family and I see a massive harvest of lost people. They are hurting, helpless and ripe for harvest. Help me share Your love and the good news of the gospel with those in my world. In Jesus' Name. Amen."
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