Barbeque brisket smothered in a tangy, sweet sauce. Hash browns from the Waffle House “scattered, covered and smothered.” Piping-hot, fresh Krispy Kreme doughnuts. Mmmmmm…..are you hungry yet?
Food is so good!! Have you ever wondered why nasty foods (spinach, broccoli, asparagus) are so good for you and yummy foods (Blue Bell homemade vanilla ice cream, Varsity chili dogs and chocolate shakes) are so bad for you? I’m sure that we will “understand it better by and by”. Jesus was thirsty and hungry. He stopped at Jacob’s Well to get a drink of water while the disciples went to buy food. While He was there, He changed the life of a young woman and spoke with her about “living water.” We never heard about whether He satisfied His physical thirst or not. When the disciples returned, they encouraged Him to eat the barbeque brisket they had purchased at the local barbeque joint. Instead, He replied that He had some food that the disciples knew nothing about. His “food” was to do the Father’s will and to finish the Father’s work.
What was this “special food” that Jesus was talking about? He was not talking about hamburgers or T-bone steaks. He was talking about spiritual food: doing God’s will and doing God’s work. According to Jesus, there is nothing more satisfying than reaping a harvest of souls for the Lord. The field is ripe for picking He said. Lost souls are all around us. There is plenty of sowing to do. If we sow the seed of the gospel in people’s lives, then we will reap the fruit of seeing folks come to the saving knowledge of Jesus! What an awesome work! God is calling us to labor in His field as co-workers. Regardless of who brings in the lost souls, we will all benefit for the work that we have done for God. Are you living for Jesus? Are you “sowing” and “reaping” for God and doing His work? The greatest joy in life is doing the will of God. Nothing can fill your belly like the food that God gives. When you eat His food, God satisfies you like no one or nothing else can. In a little while I am going to eat some lunch. The yogurt and banana of breakfast are wearing off. I must fill my belly. I am happy when my tummy is full. I must admit, however, that my spiritual belly is full. Nothing can fill me up quicker than the will and the work of God.
Eat up my hungry friends.