Short Meditations in John 4: 33. Jesus’ Food
Jn 4:34 My food,” said Jesus, “is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work.
The disciples had been concerned for Jesus, that he might be tired and hungry and he had said he had food they did not know about. That had puzzled them and so now he explains with a profound and potentially life changing comment: his food, his sustenance, his resource comes from doing his Father’s will.
Now ponder that if you will. Whatever he did that he knew was his Father’s will brought him strength and resourced him. Have you ever realised this? Actually doing what God has given you to do should not exhaust us but actually provide a channel of resourcing for us from heaven. Surely this must be the activity of the Holy Spirit within us who refreshes us when we serve Him.
So why is it that so many of us seem to get exhausted by ministry? Is it that we are doing things we have not been asked to do by the Lord and are therefore not getting His resourcing? Is it that we are ‘serving’ out of our own energy and not His? If what Jesus says is true, surely we should be getting the resourcing from him to enable us to do what we’ve been instructed to do and have energy left over for more? Suddenly we realise how Jesus could go on and on in ministry.
Yet surely power went out of him so often as he ministered as the example of the woman with the issue of blood reveals (Lk 8:46) but when we consider his words about inner springs we start to understand: “Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him.” (Jn 7:38) This referred to the Holy Spirit (see Jn 7:39) and so He is like a spring or stream, welling up within us as a constant supply and thus as we draw on him we will be resourced by him and given the energy to go on.
But note also that Jesus also said it was to “finish his work.” The awareness that he had an end goal to go for also energised him. Because he loved the Father and was one with Him, doing what his Father wanted was pure pleasure and that pleasure turned into energy and that energy was fuelled by the knowledge that this was not an accident or random work, this was all working towards a climax that would bring salvation to the world and that also fed him and resourced him and gave him the energy to carry on.
Feeling weary? Wait on the Lord (Isa 40:31), get it all in perspective again, remember you are not God, He is, and He has called you and will therefore provide for you all you need when you do what He has called you to do – and no more. Let your service be motivated by love and calling and resourced by His presence within you – and no more.