Our Bible verse for today: “But he said, “I have food to eat that you don’t know about … My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work.” John 4:32; 34 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “What motivates you?”
In yesterday’s devotional we learned that Jesus was determined to obey the will of the Father, even to the point of death. When it came to making decisions, the will of the Father was always the determining factor for Jesus. That was true not just when it came to the crucial decision of whether or not to go to the cross, but it was true throughout His life. It was the key to the holy, sanctified, and sinless life that He lived.
In John chapter four we read of a time early in His ministry when He and some of His disciples were on a journey from Judea in the south to Galilee in the north. To get there they had to pass through the region of Samaria. At one point in the journey they stopped at a well outside of a town. Jesus stayed at the well to rest while the disciples went into the town in search of food. When the disciples got back to Jesus they offered Him some of the food they had, but He said to them, “I have food to eat that you don’t know about.”
That statement confused them. Perhaps they thought He had a secret stash of beef jerky. But no, in verse 34 Jesus explained, “My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work.”
What Jesus meant is that He was so consumed with the thought of obeying the will of God for His life that it was what got Him out of bed in the morning, and it’s what kept Him going all day. Obediently accomplishing the work God had given Him to do was the motivating factor in the life of Jesus. Everything else took second place to that.
As our celebration of Christmas draws to a close, and as we consider the lessons we should learn from the life that Jesus went on to live, we need to pay particular attention to what factors motivated Him and guided His decision-making. As we have just learned, it was the will of God. Despite any other factors He faced in life, ultimately the only one that mattered was God’s will. That needs to be true for us too.
In 2019 you will have to make many decisions – most of them small, some of them big. As long as your heart is right and your primary concern is to discover the will of God so you can then be obedient to it, you will be okay. This lesson is so important that it warrants one more devotional message, so we will come back to this subject again tomorrow.