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?
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,
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。
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）。
- 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）