31 Meanwhile his disciples urged him, “Rabbi, eat something.” 32 But he said to them, “I have food to eat that you know nothing about.” 33 Then his disciples said to each other, “Could someone have brought him food?” 34 “My food,” said Jesus, “is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work. (John 4:31-34 NIV)
How satisfying is it to do something and know that you did what God had called you to do? You know about a family that is struggling to pay their bills because dad lost his job and you show up at their door unannounced with an armload of groceries. While having a conversation with a friend at work, the door opens for you to share how God has made a difference in your life…and you speak rather than holding back. A friend tells you that they are having marriage problems and instead of telling your buddy you will pray for him, you ask, “Would it be ‘ok’ if I pray for you now?” A girl at school eats lunch by herself every day…every single day. You’ve noticed her before, but today you sense the Lord wants you to go eat with her. Without worrying about what the other kids will think about you…you go.
Jesus said, “My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work.” I’ve experienced those moments when I knew that God was calling me to do something and I did it. The feeling that results is so satisfying, so fulfilling, so heartwarming. I can’t think of a meal that I’ve ever had that has brought me such satisfaction. The difference between me and Jesus is that I’ve experienced those “moments,” while I find Jesus feasting on God’s will on every page of the Gospels. If I’m honest, I must admit that I oftentimes go through the day famished because of missed opportunities, being preoccupied with doing what I prefer to do, and neglecting opportunities. I want to feel the fullness of doing God’s will each and every day. I want to be sensitive enough to God’s leading that I seize the opportunities that He brings my way.
My prayer today, Lord, is that I will passionately desire to do Your will throughout the day so that I might experience the fullness that food cannot provide.