Food to Eat

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Jesus spends some time with this woman He meets at the well in Sychar of Samaria while the boys are out buying lunch. When they get back and find Him in conversation with this stranger they are a bit perplexed, but no one has the pluck to ask Him what He is up to.

I think it was Thaddeus, who was still working on his falafel, realized Jesus was not eating.

Disciples: “Rabbi, eat”
Jesus: “I have food to eat that you do not know about.”
Disciples: “No one brought Him anything to eat, did he?”
Jesus: “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to accomplish His work.”

[Adapted from John 4:31-34]

I have heard it said that for a Christian, the Word of God is spiritual food. That we must feed daily on the Word and that will be what satisfies our souls. There is truth in this analogy, however, today, reading this again, I have a big thought.

Here, as you can plainly see, Jesus speaks of His food as doing the will of the Father.

This idea is not isolated to His conversation here in Sychar.

In the Beatitudes it sounds like this

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied. (Matthew 5:6 NASB)

The writer of the letter to the Hebrew Christians says it like this

For everyone who partakes only of milk is not accustomed to the word of righteousness, for he is a babe. But solid food is for the mature, who because of practice have their senses trained to discern good and evil. (Hebrews 5:13-14 NASB)

In Paul’s first letter to Corinth it sounds like this

Knowledge makes arrogant, but love edifies. (1 Corinthians 8:1 NASB)

The Word of God is imperative to Christian living, whether you are talking about the written Word bound in the pages of Holy Scripture, or you are talking about the voice of the Good Shepherd speaking to His flock bringing explanation, exhortation, and application of that written word.

Jesus had this daily input from the Father, and could not live without it, but it was his food, His energy source. No. His food was acting on the Word spoken to His heart. His food – His meat – was found in obedience partnership with that word. Allowing what He heard in the secret place with the Father to become flesh.

This verse from Hebrews says the difference between milk and meat taking the word learned as a babe in Christ and acting on it – practicing it!

Do you ever wonder why so many can be part of a Church body for decades and still have little baby spiritual understanding. It is because they do not let the word become flesh. We don’t obey partner with the Word we hear so that it becomes flesh. We do not lay ourselves on the altar – living sacrifices – holy and acceptable to God, by conforming to the Word.

Check this last verse I shared in 1 Corinthians

Knowledge makes arrogant, but love edifies. (1 Corinthians 8:1 NASB)

Knowledge unapplied makes you proud, which is the essence of childishness.

Love (which is the application of the Word to our actions) builds you up edifies those you are practicing on. It is the Word made flesh.

I like that definition - Love is the application of the Word of God to your actions. [Tweet This]

As I have said before in this forum:

Who really cares what you know if it doesn’t translate to who you are?

My desire today is for you to be the Word made flesh in your town, your school, your work place, your church, your neighborhood.

Perhaps today, while you are sitting by a well, someone will walk up who desperately needs some living water.

BenThanks for coming by today.

Come back tomorrow, and we’ll talk.

Ben

 

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0 thoughts on “Food to Eat

  1. Larry Who

    The early believers had no Bibles and most of the Gentile converts could not read, even if they had one. Yet, they turned the world upside down with what they had: their testimonies and a burning love for Jesus.

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  2. Caddo Veil

    I think I understand that you're saying as we take in the food, the Word of God, we are transformed--and as we're transformed, our faith becomes more active, we're made into servants. Because I'm now steeped in His grace, I always get just a bit concerned that people will miss that the transformation is a process; and that "doing the Word of God" should not be misconstrued so as to substitute "doing works" for living/growing in grace. I only bring this up because I lived in powerless frustration for decades--trying to "do the Word of God" before properly feeding on it until I could stand without wobbling. Does this make sense--or have I missed your intended message entirely? God bless you and the fam--love, sis Caddo

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    1. Ben Nelson

      i tried to reply to you, and it ended up as another comment - not reply - just so you don't think i ignored your question.

      Big blessings your way kiddo.

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  3. Ben Nelson

    What you say is brilliant and so true dear Caddo.

    I guess i am just saying that Jesus didn't talk like reading the Word was food, as much as doing the will of God was what nourished us.

    I know for me anyway, i can get into a mode where the Word sits un-acted upon and rather than strengthening me, it renders me useless.

    We are called to love, and I saw when writing this that Love (which builds) is contrasted with Knowledge (which inflates)

    So that is what i was pressing into. It is a trap i fall into easily.

    Hope that clarifies, and if condemnation was in the air - open the window and shoo it away for sure.

    thanks for your thoughtful comments! You're the best
    Ben

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  4. Debbie

    I was really really blessed by this, Mr. Ben. Thinking now and asking Him to apply it to my life! I love how you keep finding more in this! Thank you and God bless you!

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  5. My Tropical Home

    "Who really cares what you know if it doesn’t translate to who you are?" - that was the reason I left the church years ago...

    "Love is the application of the Word of God to your actions." - this was what brought me back to the church...

    If we can only all love one another the way He loved us...

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  6. Caddo Veil

    Yes, you are so right that just having knowledge of the Word, and sitting on it--simply inflates (rather than building), and then grows mold... Thank you that we can chat back and forth here--it would be easier if we were face to face, in comfy chairs, but I trust God will keep this working for us! God bless you--sis Caddo

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