My food is to do the will of him who sent me

Meanwhile the disciples were urging him, saying, “Rabbi, eat.” But he said to them, “I have food to eat that you do not know about.” So the disciples said to one another, “Has anyone brought him something to eat?” Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to accomplish his work.

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. Already the one who reaps is receiving wages and gathering fruit for eternal life, so that sower and reaper may rejoice together. For here the saying holds true, ‘One sows and another reaps.’ I sent you to reap that for which you did not labor. Others have labored, and you have entered into their labor.”

I can relate to doing things that quench my spiritual hunger. In times like that it seems that I forget about my physical needs all together as that which is spiritual seems to transcend that which is natural. There is just something other-worldly about engaging in work that you are made to do. And unless you read something into those words, I am definitely not speaking of religious work or activities. God's work is all about the relational stuff and when we lovingly interact with people we are doing the work of the kingdom.

Consider what Jesus says to his disciples about the harvesting of souls. Does anyone believe that a soul can be won for the kingdom without love? When I consider the ways that Jesus ministered I am brought to an understanding that kingdom work is all about compassion for those who are hurting, lost and in pain. Who among us ever came to the Savior for any reason other than someone loved us enough to tell us about him. The harvest is all about love - and so should we be.

Help me to love those who you love Lord. Please give me a heart of compassion.

1 comment:

  1. "Help me to love those who you love Lord. Please give me a heart of compassion." My prayer too, Bob.


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