Our Sustenance

Friday, October 11, 2019

“‘My food,’ said Jesus, ‘is to do the will of him who sent me...’" (John 4:34 NIV)

Jesus said that his sustenance—the thing that kept him going and supplied him with inner strength—was to do the will of the one who had sent him.  The law that Jesus abided by was to find the will of the Father and then act it out every single day.  His life, his ministry after the age of 30, his betrayal, his death, and his resurrection, were all ordered by the Father.  That provides direction for us as well; for although we are not Christ, we are Christians, and he lives in us.

There’s a plan for our lives that has to be worked out day by day and hour by hour.  And just as Jesus said that his food was to follow the will of the Father, we find our sustenance and receive inner strength when we live according to God’s plan for our lives.  Conversely, we get weak and lose our spiritual vitality when we forget about God’s plan for our lives.  God has a call, and it’s not only for Jesus, not just for the Apostle Paul or some pastor or well-known evangelist.  There’s a plan for each and every one of us.  It was mapped out before we were conceived in our mother’s wombs:  the giftings he was going to give us; the people he wanted us to touch, to minister to, to love, to show mercy to, to encourage and lift up.

It may seem easy to live a life not conscious of God’s plan for our lives and kind of just roll from day to day with no concept of the Lord or that we have been sent into this world with a purpose.  And there is a temptation to live according to the world’s measurement for success— how much money, land, power, and fame we attain.  But the only measurement for success in life is this:  did you find God’s plan for your life and do it?  That’s a measurement, not only for success, but for happiness and fulfillment as well.

Read John 4:31-38.

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