Can We See Our Part in God’s Plan?

How often do you find yourself thinking that you’re too busy to take time to pray? Do you ever dismiss the urge to share about Jesus with someone because it feels uncomfortable? Let’s face it, there are a lot of routines in our lives that the claims of the gospel and the work of God’s kingdom can really have a tendency to disrupt.

But what if, in the midst of those things that we marginalize in order to maintain our routines, the actual key to fulfillment is found?

This Sunday we’ll be reading John 4:31-45 – which is basically the falling action after the story of the woman at the well.

Once again, we have a situation where Jesus is talking about one thing but his hearers are talking about another. He talked about living water with the woman earlier, but she took it to mean literal water. He tells his disciples he’s got food they don’t know about, and his disciples are looking for the snack machine that Jesus got his stash from. But in both cases, Jesus is talking about something BELOW the surface. He compares his cooperation with God’s plan to rescue people with food. Why food? What does food do for the human body? What is Jesus trying to tell us about the source of fulfillment in our lives?

The question is…how is your diet? If you look at your normal idea of food/fulfillment and compare it to Jesus’ – how do our food groups compare?

By saying that the fields are white, Jesus is describing wheat that is ripened and ready to harvest. By saying that the fields are white, are ready, what does that mean to us right here and now?

This will prove to be a challenging study for us – but I think it will be well worth it! Hope to see you Sunday!

One comment

  1. Webster says food sustains growth, repair and vital processes and furnishes energy (energy was defined as positive spiritual force and usable power.) Wow, I don’t imagine there could be a better analogy drawn between cooperation with God and food. As we cooperate with Him we certainly grow, are healed, led into what is vital or important and sustained and empowered by His spirit! As usual the scriptures are mind blowing!! I think Jesus is trying to remind us here that there is NOTHING that will fulfill like His plans and His pursuits. He was speaking to the disciples when He said my food is to do the will of my father and to us today as well . Living in our consumer driven society it is easy to get distracted by all that is put in front of us by advertisers. They are constantly trying to sell us fulfillment. Once we get breakdown and buy whatever it is, well, they update it or come out with the new version or add a pink case to it..ever hungry and never nourished by this junk food we wait with baited breath for the next version of halo, the new job, another degree, or a hopeful relationship to fill our every desire!! At some point (hopefully)we get stuffed with these empty calories and spew!! After that kind of experience in the period while our stomach is unsettled we realize we already had all that we need to be satisfied. God knows nothing else will provide the satisfaction we long for in our lives except His pursuits. We have Him and He has great plans for us! Here the fields being white and ready remind us of our mission. Sometimes we need to be awakened out of our routines to remember why we are here. He has so kindly made Himself known to us we have the privilege of pointing others to Him as well!! As we do this I bet we find our appetites change . I bet we find ourselves hungering and thirsting for righteousness in stead of junk!!

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