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Spiritual Food

Spiritual Food
Words of Faith 9-30-16
Dr. Jeffrey D. Hoy © 2016
Faith Fellowship Church - Melbourne, FL
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John 4
[31] Meanwhile his disciples urged him, "Rabbi, eat something."
[32] But he said to them, "I have food to eat that you know nothing about."
[33] Then his disciples said to each other, "Could someone have brought him food?"
[34] "My food," said Jesus, "is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work. [35] Do you not say, 'Four months more and then the harvest'? I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest. [36] Even now the reaper draws his wages, even now he harvests the crop for eternal life, so that the sower and the reaper may be glad together. [37] Thus the saying 'One sows and another reaps' is true. [38] I sent you to reap what you have not worked for. Others have done the hard work, and you have reaped the benefits of their labor."

The disciples returned from their errand to get groceries only to find Jesus talking to the Samaritan woman. The interchange here is really quite humorous. The disciples wanted Jesus to eat but he replied that He “has food they know nothing about”. In typical fashion, they miss the point, scratch their heads, and look around for the food. It was an opportunity for Jesus to share a powerful truth.
"My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work.”
The point was not that Jesus did not eat physical food or need liquids. The point was that Jesus hungered above all to do the will of the Father and to finish that work. There are more important matter than what we are going to have for lunch. There are more important concerns than our physical needs, accomplishments, and possessions. There are more important issues even than our own spiritual consumption of Scripture and worship. The real food for our souls is to actually do what God has called us to and complete that assignment.
The work of God is always that of the harvest. In eternity nothing else matters. Nothing else lasts. Jesus is clear that there is a season for sowing and a season for reaping but this is all part of the same call that God has put upon us. No matter where we are, or what we are doing, we either sow, water, or reap. We will often reap a harvest that we did not sow. We will lead people to Christ who are the fruit of another person’s labor. We are never to be triumphal except that we rejoice in the triumph of God. Most important, this labor does not exhaust us, it feeds us! It is our food.
So how is your diet? Not your physical diet but your spiritual diet. We often are pleased with ourselves that we dine upon the Word of God, prayer, fellowship and sound worship. This is important, but are you hungering for the harvest of God? That is the rich food of the Spirit.
Are you hungering for the completion of His assigned task for you? Are you hungering to sow His Word as well as to consume it? Are you thirsty to water the seed of life in others as well as in your own life? Are you longing for the harvest of souls that will rejoice with you for eternity?

Lord, cause me to hunger for Your will in my life. Cause me to thirst for Your righteousness. Give me an appetite for obedience. Cause me to relish the harvest of those You are saving. Give me an ear to timing of Your sowing, watering and harvest. In Jesus’ name.

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© Jeffrey D. Hoy 2002, 2016
Dr. Jeffrey D. Hoy - Faith Fellowship Church (EFCA)
2820 Business Center Blvd.
Melbourne, Florida 32940 (321)-259-7200
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