Our Food: Doing God’s Will

June 26, 2013

Friends,
Our food, our spiritual food, is not only Christ Himself, but it is to do the will of the Lord. It is to be (to live / to abide) in the will of the Lord. It is to be accomplishing the work God has given us to do and to remain faithful in it. Whatever assignments our Owner has given us, we are to do them in perfect obedience, even to the smallest detail, and we are to continue in these assignments until they are finished. This is our food, just as it was for Jesus when He walked this earth bodily.

In John 4:34 we read, “‘My food,’ said Jesus, ‘is to do the will of Him who sent Me and to finish His work.'” Since we are to conduct ourselves just as Jesus did (1 John 2:6), our food is the same thing. It is to do the will of Christ –who sends us just as the Father sent Him (John 20:21)– and to finish His work.

Most “Christians” do not believe that it is necessary that we do, and walk in, the Lord’s will for us. Oh, it might be nice, they think, and it may bring blessings or greater Heavenly reward, but it is not a necessity, they say, for inheriting eternal life. However, the Word of God says that it is a necessity –such as in Matt. 7:21, Mark 3:35, Luke 6:46-49, and 1 John 2:17.

We are told to examine and test ourselves to see if we are in the faith. (2 Cor. 13:5) To “stand the test” (2:9) is to “be obedient in everything.” (same verse) To be obedient in everything means to meditate on God’s Word under the Spirit’s tutelage (John 6:63), and to put the Word into practice (1 Tim. 4:11-16), doing so by a continual submission to the Spirit’s control. (Rom. 8:9,14) Then, no matter what we do, say, or think, it will be in the name of the Lord, meaning in the will and authority of Christ. (Col. 3:16,17) This is our food. This is our life source. And it comes from abiding –pulling nutrients out so as to produce fruit– just as a branch does from the Vine. (John 15:1-8) And it is a necessity. (v. 6)

Sincerely,
with love,
Rachel

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