But he said to them, “I have food to eat that you do not know about.” So the disciples said to one another, “Has anyone brought him something to eat?” Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to accomplish his work. John 4:32-34
Who will be a witness for the Lord Jesus? Centuries after the first bunch of Christian witnesses was commissioned, this is still a clarion call. And there is no better model than the Lord Jesus Himself-the Witness par excellence. So let us glean a few insights from His shining example as depicted in today’s Scripture.
Firstly, Jesus clearly KNEW THE WILL OF GOD CONCERNING HIS EARTHLY MISSION. He was absolutely certain about the nature, necessity and priority of His mission. There was no ambiguity or confusion in His heart and mind as far as whose agenda He was here to fulfil. He was intelligent enough to dream up His own vision, but He chose not to do that. He had the full capacity to be a master of His own destiny as we are all encouraged to be nowadays, but He chose to live purely in accordance with the will of God.
Dear Christian Witness, how clear are you about the will of God for your life in the remainder of your days on earth? Remember Jesus Christ was the prototype of how every child of God should live. That means He is the perfect illustration of how a human being living in total harmony with and complete trust in the Father and reliance on the Holy Spirit can live, succeed and serve on earth. As He depended on the Father’s guidance, so should we. As He submitted His own ambitions to God’s will, so should we.
You and I should stop wondering about what the will of God for our lives looks like. Because Scripture is crystal clear that each one of us has a divine mandate to be Christ’s witnesses, whatever occupation we may find ourselves in (see Acts 1:8, 2 Corinthians 5:19). In fact, “Witness” is your first and topmost profession. Everything else is secondary.
Secondly, Jesus’ zeal for the Father’s mission so consumed Him that even His natural needs took a backseat. Of course, there was nothing evil about eating natural food when Jesus felt hungry. But the point is there is a level of commitment and passion for the Kingdom of God that supersedes everything else. Have you come to that place yet-where you love the work of God more than your necessary food, and where the things of the earth grow strangely dim in the light of His glory and grace? Let us endeavour to do that today and beyond.
Pastor Josh