Posted by: rodalex87 | March 31, 2011

Concerning Hawaiian Punch, Eating God’s Word, and Die-It

This is a collaboration blog post:  I sought the help of Nasa Sete, my brother from Hawaii on this one.  Check him at http://nasasete.wordpress.com/

“My food,’ said Jesus, ‘is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work’” (John 4:34).

It is mind boggling and jaw-dropping when you read this verse in context to the entire chapter of John 4.  Jesus was tired from a journey and asked a Samaritan woman for a drink.  Not only did she refuse to give him a drink, he ended up giving her something to drink!  Yet when his disciples offered him food, the same Jesus that was just tired and thirsty was no longer in need of food.  Could it be that because Jesus was God he never desired physical food?  Not at all!  Rather, Jesus knew the only kind of “food” that MATTERS is doing God’s will a.k.a. doing what God wants and commands us to do!  Many may disagree and say we’ll die if we don’t eat…which is right. But can we live (for eternity) if we don’t do God’s will? I know Christians would agree that doing God’s will should be more important than physical food but do our lifestyles reflect this?  Are we being gluttons in the name of Jesus and indulging ourselves with doing God’s will and finishing His work, or are we simply skinny, anorexic Christians?

Let’s carry this thought some more.  The most “duh” statement of the Bible is Matthew 4:2 “After fasting forty days and forty nights, [Jesus] was hungry.”  After forty minutes of no food I might be hungry depending what I ate, so of course Jesus was hungry.  Therefore, Satan offers Jesus the option of turning stones to bread so he could eat.  Pause.  Let’s take away all pre-conceived notions of Satan for one second.  There is nothing wrong with someone presenting an easy option to meet an appetite right?  I mean, wasn’t this was a natural desire for Jesus to have?  But Jesus plainly says “Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God” (4:4).  Yes, Jesus was hungry but he calmly rejected food and found filling in the Word.  Yes my brother, you aren’t married and have natural desires for intimacy but Jesus shows you CAN calmly resist “get sex now” schemes and be completely satisfied spending your nights reading God’s word.  Yes my sister, you don’t have a man and have natural desires for a companion but Jesus shows you CAN calmly resist “wear less clothes” schemes and be completely satisfied in what God’s word says about your beauty.  Yes my collegue, you aren’t making a large salary on your job and have natural desires for more money, but you CAN calmly resist sinful “get rich schemes” and find contentment in your daily provisions. But yo, do we really believe this?  Selah.

One chapter later Jesus stretches this thought even more.  He shares with a large crowd while he’s sitting down chillin’ that “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled” (Matthew 5:6).  Like food, we must think and live as if we’ll die if we don’t have God.  It is only when we think and pursue God under these terms that we’ll find the true satisfaction we all long for.   He has his ARMS OPEN; ready to give us the real satisfaction we can never find in the temporal food choices of this world.  Let us take God by faith and eat from Him alone while putting to death all appetites not of God. Yes, it’s time to Die-It.


Responses

  1. Praise God! This is sooo humbling because though I get the revelation here, I find that I myself is in need of “food” more than I ever thought. I meditate on this and see that when I thought I was “eating,” I really wasn’t and when God wanted to “feed” me, I was eating. MAN I NEED JESUS!!! Good work my dude!

    Jesus feed us!!!


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