John 4:31 – 34 Meanwhile his disciples urged him, “Rabbi, eat something.”
But he said to them, “I have food to eat that you know nothing about.”
Then his disciples said to each other, “Could someone have brought him food?”
“My food,” said Jesus, “is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work.”
Have you ever picked up a bag of marshmallows, intending to eat only one or two, and before you know it, you’ve downed a quarter of the bag? Well, I have. They are just so sweet and fluffy and soft, I don’t even realize how many I’m eating! But there is a tiny little problem with marshmallows. They have absolutely no nutritional value, whatsoever. None. Nada.
They may be fluffy and sweet, but in reality, they are a total waste of calories. If we want to be strong and healthy, if we want to get some real bang for our caloric bucks, we need to eat meat. Protein. Muscle food.
Some of us are kind of like those marshmallows, when it comes to our spiritual lives. We get all dressed up and go to church, and boy, do we look sweet! We carry our Bibles proudly, fluff ourselves into our favorite pews, and settle in for a soft sermon which will make us smile and feel even more sweet and fluffy. But we don’t ever actually DO anything. Our time at church may be sweet and gooey, but that’s all it is. We are spiritual marshmallows, with no real substance.
When Jesus’ disciples urged him to eat something, he said, “I have food to eat that you know nothing about.” The word he used for food actually meant meat. Protein. Substance.
Friends, if we want to grow spiritual muscles, if we want to be strong in our faith and in our relationship to Christ, we have to eat the right spiritual food. “My food,” said Jesus, “is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work.”
Doing God’s work in this world provided spiritual nourishment and built spiritual muscles for our Lord, and it will do the same for us. Do we want to be stronger in our faith? We must act in faith, even when it is hard. Do we want to make a difference in this world? We must get to work! By doing what God wants us to do, instead of just hearing about it, we will find nourishment which will sustain us even during the long, dry spells.
So, how do we know what God wants us to do? Ask Him. Read His Word. He doesn’t try to keep these things hidden from us. But often, we just forget to look for opportunities.
Let someone cut in traffic. Mow the neighbor’s lawn. Hug someone who is hurting. Make a phone call, send a letter, give a compliment. And when the opportunity presents itself, tell someone how great God is.
It’s all about loving others, the way He loves us. And when we put our faith into action, we will develop spiritual muscles.
Just like Jesus.
Dear Father, Thank you for doing what you were sent to do. Help me to do the same.