John 4:31-34 (CEB)
31 In the meantime the disciples spoke to Jesus, saying, “Rabbi, eat.”
32 Jesus said to them, “I have food to eat that you don’t know about.”
33 The disciples asked each other, “Has someone brought him food?”
34 Jesus said to them, “I am fed by doing the will of the one who sent me and by completing his work.
My son is pretty passionate about baseball. Let’s put it this way, if we took the privilege of playing baseball away from him he would be devistated. It feeds him. There’s a hunger inside him that longs to go outside and throw the ball today. Can you imagine Johann Sebastian Bach without a piano or Van Gogh without a paint brush and canvas?
When we do what we are passionate about it feeds us. What if we were hungry for God, to be with God, to know God, to do God’s will.
In John 4, Jesus has been traveling and skipped lunch, to have a conversation with a Samaritan, known to us as the Woman at the Well because we don’t get her name. His disciples return with food, and we have this exchange of words about satifies our hunger. A quick lesson that is easily missed because it is sandwhiched between a this converasation with a Samaritan woman and a the whole town coming to see him.
Jesus points out his deeper hunger. It’s not to fill the belly with food. He has a deeper desire than a person who has not eaten longs for food. That hunger? To do God’s will.
Invitation and Challenge: What are you passionate about? What if you went without it today? Fast from something today that you do everyday, a few times a day. Skip food, put down the cell phone except for absolute necessity, or turn off the tv and the music players. Instead, spend the time with God, listening and doing God’s will. See if that doesn’t feed you. From personal experience, I guarantee it will. I’m willing to bet you will find some grace for the daily grind.
Prayer: Lord, we are hungry, sometimes we don’t even know it. It’s as if we have this hole in our bellies. We fill it with many things, but its a hunger that can only truly be satisfied by you. Fill us with your love, give a passion to do your will. Amen.