The disciples are back from the local McManna with food to eat, but Jesus isn’t eating. He has just finished talking to a woman about her spiritual health and living water that she can drink from forever! In other words, He was DOING what He was sent from the Father to be and do…seek and save lost people with pure Truth. The fields are full of people hungry to know Jesus, the Person of Truth, who is God with human skin. Jesus is elated to tell her. He is not hungry for the physical for he has just done exactly what the Father has told him to do!
Think of a time when you were so involved in what God gave you to do that ALL else came secondary. Maybe it was working in a youth camp where the Spirit was moving in the hearts of kids, maybe at a church event where God was leading the mission to help others, or maybe you were just telling the person down the street at just the right time about Jesus. In these times, when God is in complete control, eating to sustain yourself, comes second.
Yes, eating is essential to sustaining your physical life, Jesus leading you and you doing exactly was the Father tells us to do at the right time is a sweet spot in our Spiritual lives that takes over all else. It’s a great place to be! Doing what You were meant to do, is greater than everything else. You know it when you are there. A bi-product is joy unspeakable and full of the glory of God!
What are the results of this knowing and doing above all else? The woman who met Jesus at just the right time and place at the town well (who wouldn’t not have been there at noon normally, by the way!) brought the rest of the town with her to see for themselves! After the woman knew the Truth, God gave her a purpose and she fulfilled it, too! She probably couldn’t eat until HER mission of telling others, “come meet a man who knows me from the inside out” was fulfilled, too! Wow, incredible, isn’t it?
John 4, The Message
It’s Harvest Time
31 In the meantime, the disciples pressed him, “Rabbi, eat. Aren’t you going to eat?”
32 He told them, “I have food to eat you know nothing about.”
33 The disciples were puzzled. “Who could have brought him food?”
34-35 Jesus said, “The food that keeps me going is that I do the will of the One who sent me, finishing the work he started. As you look around right now, wouldn’t you say that in about four months it will be time to harvest? Well, I’m telling you to open your eyes and take a good look at what’s right in front of you. These Samaritan fields are ripe. It’s harvest time!
36-38 “The Harvester isn’t waiting. He’s taking his pay, gathering in this grain that’s ripe for eternal life. Now the Sower is arm in arm with the Harvester, triumphant. That’s the truth of the saying, ‘This one sows, that one harvests.’ I sent you to harvest a field you never worked. Without lifting a finger, you have walked in on a field worked long and hard by others.”
39-42 Many of the Samaritans from that village committed themselves to him because of the woman’s witness: “He knew all about the things I did. He knows me inside and out!” They asked him to stay on, so Jesus stayed two days. A lot more people entrusted their lives to him when they heard what he had to say. They said to the woman, “We’re no longer taking this on your say-so. We’ve heard it for ourselves and know it for sure. He’s the Savior of the world!”
Dear Heavenly Father, You are God and we are not. You are indeed the Bread of Life, the Savior of the world, the One and Only who sustains us. You give us purpose as well as eternal life when we believe, trust and follow Your leading completely. Thank you for moments of joining You in Your work to seek and to save lost people…the harvest is greater still. Continue to be with us. In Jesus Name, Amen