Journey to Jerusalem Day 25
Saturday, March 21 John 4:27-42
27 Just then his disciples came back. They marveled that he was talking with a woman, but no one said, “What do you seek?” or, “Why are you talking with her?” 28 So the woman left her water jar and went away into town and said to the people, 29 “Come, see a man who told me all that I ever did. Can this be the Christ?” 30 They went out of the town and were coming to him.
31 Meanwhile the disciples were urging him, saying, “Rabbi, eat.” 32 But he said to them, “I have food to eat that you do not know about.” 33 So the disciples said to one another, “Has anyone brought him something to eat?” 34 Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to accomplish his work. 35 Do you not say, ‘There are yet four months, then comes the harvest’? Look, I tell you, lift up your eyes, and see that the fields are white for harvest. 36 Already the one who reaps is receiving wages and gathering fruit for eternal life, so that sower and reaper may rejoice together. 37 For here the saying holds true, ‘One sows and another reaps.’ 38 I sent you to reap that for which you did not labor. Others have labored, and you have entered into their labor.”
39 Many Samaritans from that town believed in him because of the woman's testimony, “He told me all that I ever did.” 40 So when the Samaritans came to him, they asked him to stay with them, and he stayed there two days. 41 And many more believed because of his word. 42 They said to the woman, “It is no longer because of what you said that we believe, for we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this is indeed the Savior of the world.”
So, food is one of the sustaining forces for us humans, right? In v32, Jesus said He has food to eat. The disciples are perplexed, so Jesus answers in v34 “My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to accomplish his work.” Wow!!! The thing that sustains Jesus is Him doing His father’s will and His work.
If I was asked, “What sustains you?” I would be like three square meals, throw in a Cliff bar, maybe some goldfish with 10 cups of water. I wouldn’t even give it a second thought.
But if I sat in a room for 30 minutes and reflected upon that same question, I think my answer would be different. I would start to think about my wife, my vocation, my community, my brothers and sisters in ministry, my family, and those I teach. All these sustain me in different ways, from companionship to purpose to my calling. I would start to realize that God knit all these things in my life, which is incredible when I start to ponder it.
We are called to imitate Jesus, so we should eat like He does. We should thrive on God’s will and work.
So, here is a challenge for you today: take 30 minutes right now or think about it throughout the whole day. Answer this question—"What sustains you?” You will start to realize how you are sustained by God.
God show me the ways in which I am fed by you. Allow that to sustain my heart in pursuit of you. Sustain me God. Amen.