Sunday, 11 July 2021
Title: What is more important than Food?
By Elder Yu Chin Shie

John 4: 34

“My food,” said Jesus, “is to do the will of Him who sent me and to finish His work”

I wonder any of us have ever thought of going without food for a length of time. We need food and water to survive. We are told we can survive only days without water, but we may be able to live for weeks if only food is deprived. I can dare say, food is very important for most of us. I remember when I was sick and unable to have solid food, I couldn’t wait to be well again and enjoy all the food I missed! For foodies, they will go anyplace that serves delicious food which they can’t resist.

This morning’s devotion is based on the encounter of Jesus with the Samaritan woman at Sychar recorded in John 4: 4-42.

Briefly, this encounter involved Jesus talking to a Samaritan woman while His disciples had gone to town to buy food. Despite being tired and thirsty, Jesus took the opportunity to tell the woman about the kingdom of God and led her to acknowledge Him as the Messiah. Just when the Samaritan woman left Jesus to go back to the town to tell the people of her encounter with the Messiah, the disciples returned with food for their Master.

When the disciples asked Jesus to eat something, Jesus replied “I have food to eat that you know nothing about”. As the disciples wondered who had brought food for their Master, Jesus replied “My food is to do the will of Him who sent me and to finish His work”

Jesus’ response to His disciples set me thinking, “how many of us prioritize doing God’s will over what we can’t live without, that is our daily food?”. Not only did our Lord do the will of His Father but He finished His work!

At the cross of Calvary, just before Jesus took His last breath, He uttered the phrase “It is finished!”. John 19:30

Jesus’ mission on earth is to die on the cross for the atonement of man’s sins and to reconcile man to God. Praise God, Jesus has finished what His Father had Him to do!

How about all of us? Do we know what is God’s will for us? Do we prioritize doing God’s will over our daily food? Are we planning to finish what He has asked us to do?

As God’s children, we know His will for us is found in His Word. Keeping the 10 commandments (Exodus 20:1-17) is certainly the will of God. Another specific will of God for every believer is the fulfilling of the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20) of evangelism and disciple making.

Here are some bible verses concerning God’s will for us:

  • Give thanks in all circumstances (1 Thessalonians 5:18)
  • Avoid sexual immorality (1 Thessalonians 4:3)
  • Deny ourselves and take up the cross daily and follow Him (Luke 9:23)
  • Ask God for wisdom (James 1:5)
  • Trust in the Lord with all our heart and submit our ways to Him (Proverbs 3:5-6)

I hope this morning’s devotion will set us thinking of our priorities in life. What is more important? Our daily food or doing and finishing the will of God He has for us?

Prayer –

Heavenly Father,
As we abide in You daily, with the reading of Your Word and prayer, may we be like Jesus, desiring to do Your will and finish Your work.

In Jesus name,
Amen

每日灵粮
星期日,2021年7月11日
标题:有什么比食物更重要?
作者:余清熹长老
翻译:林良億姐妹

约翰福音 4:34耶稣说:「我的食物就是遵行差我来者的旨意,做成祂的工。」

我想知道我们当中有没有人想过长时间不吃东西。我们需要食物和水才能生存。我们被告知,在没有水的情况下只能存活几天,但如果只缺乏食物,我们可能可以存活数周。我敢说,食物对我们大多数人来说都非常重要。我记得当我生病无法吃固体食物时,我迫不及待地想赶快康复并享受错过的所有食物!对于吃货来说,只要有他们无法抗拒的美味,他们就会去任何地方。

今天早上的灵修是基于耶稣在叙加与撒玛利亚妇人的相遇,记载在约翰福音 4:4-42 中。

简而言之,这次的遭遇包括耶稣在门徒进城买食物时与一个撒玛利亚妇人谈话。尽管又累又渴,耶稣还是趁机向妇人讲述了上帝的国度,并带领她承认祂是弥赛亚。就在撒玛利亚妇人离开耶稣回到城里告诉人们她与弥赛亚相遇时,门徒们带着食物回来了。

当门徒请耶稣吃点东西时,耶稣回答说:“我有食物吃,是你们不知道的”。门徒想知道是谁给他们的主带来食物时,耶稣回答说:“我的食物就是遵行差我来者的旨意,完成祂的工作”

耶稣对祂门徒的回应让我思考,“我们中有多少人优先考虑遵行上帝的旨意,而不是我们不能没有的东西,那就是我们的日常食物?”。我们的主不仅遵行了祂父的旨意,而且完成了祂的工作!

在髑髅地的十字架上,就在耶稣最后一口气之前,祂说出了“成了!”这句话。(约翰福音19:30)

耶稣在地上的使命是死在十字架上,为人赎罪,并使人与上帝和好。赞美上帝,耶稣已经完成了祂父亲要祂做的事!

我们所有人呢,我们可知道上帝对我们的旨意是什么吗?我们是否将遵行上帝的旨意置于日常饮食之上?我们是否打算完成祂要我们做的事?

作为上帝的孩子,我们知道在祂的话语中可以找到祂对我们的旨意。遵守十诫(出埃及记 20:1-17)当然是上帝的旨意。上帝对每个信徒的另一个具体旨意是完成传福音和培养门徒的大使命(马太福音 28:18-20)。

以下是一些关于上帝对我们的旨意的圣经经文:

  • 在任何情况下都要感谢(帖撒罗尼迦前书 5:18)
  • 避免淫乱(帖撒罗尼迦前书 4:3)
  • 舍己,每天背起十字架来跟从祂(路加福音 9:23)
  • 求神赐智慧(雅各书 1:5)
  • 在一切所行的事上都要认定他,祂必指引你的路(箴言 3:5-6)

我希望今天早上的灵修能让我们思考生活中的优先事项。什么更重要?我们每天的食物或是做上帝的旨意并完成祂对我们的旨意?

祷告:天父,当我们每天住在祢里面,阅读祢的话语和祈求祷告时,愿我们像耶稣一样,渴望遵行祢的旨意,完成祢的工作。奉主耶稣的名求的,阿门。