“My food,” said Jesus, “is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work.” (John 4:34)
There is the saying “You are what you eat.” Jesus is a perfect example of this. What was His food, in the spiritual sense? What did He take into His mind? It was everything that was His Father, His Word and will. Jesus, though tempted in every way, held to doing the Word of His Father. Jesus lived, not for Himself, but for that Word which included going to the Cross to die for humankind. In this, Jesus, proved to be the perfect Servant. He was perfectly obedient to His Father’s Word and will. This is awesome to contemplate.
As we look around we see all kinds of lifestyles and actions. Does God have a plan for each of these persons and will they fulfill that plan? Is there a purpose for each of us? It is hard to answer such a question when we see immorality, cruelty and poverty in the world. Are these part of His plan? Or are things set in motion, because of sin, that create a world opposed to Him? And then, is His plan to let us learn about our Savior and Lord, Jesus? Yes, our food now is Jesus Himself. He describes Himself as bread and water, the basic staples of life. When He becomes our food for life our lives also are changed into obedience to Him and our Father. We all need to seek after the Word and will our Father has for us through Jesus.
Heavenly Father, fill us with Yourself, Jesus, the food for life now and into eternity. Bring us to obedience to Your Word and will. Bring us to be able to walk truly as His disciples in this world and finish the work You have called us to do. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Pastor Robert Forsberg is retired from Light of Christ Christian Church in Fairborn and a guest columnist.