In my Bible readings of John this week I have been looking with fresh eyes. It has been while since I have read John right through. In chapter 4 something grabbed my attention today.
This is where Jesus has just been speaking to the woman at the well in Scychar. He tells her about her life and then explains that He is the Messiah. She then goes off and tells her village about Him (John 4:1-30).
After this happens the disciples come back and encourage Jesus to eat something as it had been a long day and a long journey. Jesus says something that made me stop and pause. In fact I have meditated on it all day.
In verses 32-34 it says, “I have a kind of food you know nothing about.” 33 “Did someone bring Him food while we were gone?” the disciples asked each other. 34 Then Jesus explained: “My nourishment comes from doing the will of God, who sent Me, and from finishing His work.
The last words of Jesus spoke to me – My nourishment comes from doing the will of God. Jesus was nourished by undertaking the work God planned for Him to do. As Luke 19:10 Jesus came to seek and save the lost. This is what He was doing before the disciples returned.
As I dwelt upon this I realised that when we pray, read the Bible and discuss our faith with others, it enters us and nourishes our souls.We get encouraged and we grow in our faith.
On the flip side, when we allow God to work through us it also brings nourishment too. When we partake in His work that He planned for us long ago (Ephesians 2:10), we get nourished and encouraged when we work with Him.
Many times I have experienced a great sense of the eternal when I have helped someone in physical need, when I have spoken the right words at the right time or when I have prayed for someone and God has intervened. It is like nourishing food for my soul.
For me this was a reminder that we get nourished both ways – as we take things in and when we give out. It is like breathing in and breathing out, both are required to function properly in life. The same goes for our spiritual life too.