|Good morning everyone,|
Our theme for this month: “Personal Responsibility”
Our Bible verse for today: “My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work.” John 4:34 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “What are you hungry for?”
I was speaking with a friend the other day who has a passion for serving the Lord and for blessing others. God has blessed him with a successful business and significant resources, which he then uses to support a vast array of Christian work. He’s also instrumental in drawing others to participate in service projects to help and bless those in need.
During our conversation he commented that he feels very blessed to be used by God to be a conduit for resources to flow to those in need, and that the equation is out of balance, with him receiving a much bigger blessing that he is giving.
What my friend was describing was similar to the truth Jesus was teaching in John chapter four. There we see Jesus and His disciples traveling through the region of Samaria. They were on a long trip from Judea in the south, up to Galilee in the north, and they were passing through the region of Samaria to get there. At the end of a long day of traveling, Jesus stopped at a well outside of town while the disciples went into town to get some food. While He was there, Jesus struck up a conversation with a Samaritan woman who was an outcast because of her sordid past. Long story short, Jesus leads her to faith in Himself and into a right relationship with God.
When the disciples returned, they offered Jesus some food but He responded in verse 32 by saying, “I have food to eat that you know nothing of.” Then in verse 34 he further explained, “My food is to do the will of him who sent me.”
Being involved in the work of God was so satisfying and so fulfilling to Jesus that it was more important to Him than anything else in life, including food. It’s what got Him up in the morning, and it’s what kept Him going through the day. This was the thing that Jesus was hungry for beyond anything else.
And how about us? What is it we’re really hungry for? What is it that gets us out of bed in the morning, keeps us going through the day, motivates and inspires us – the thing that we find most fulfilling in life? As we learned from Samson’s example yesterday, our appetites can control us. Therefore, we need to give careful thought to what it is we’re really hungry for. And is it possible to control that? Is it possible to perhaps cultivate those appetites so we’re hungry for the right things? Yes, it is, and we’ll think more about that tomorrow.
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