Friday, August 25, 2017

Grace and Truth, John 4:1-42

How often my mind is filled with worrying details—how will we afford this? How will we get this done in time? How did this happen?

But God has other things he wants me to focus on.

While Jesus met with the woman at the well, his disciples went off to get food. When they returned and urged him to eat, Jesus said he had other things more important on his mind. More important than the things we worry about is to finish the work of God.

Verse 34: “My food,” said Jesus, “is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work.”

The disciples’ minds were filled with worries. They wondered why he was talking with a woman. Had someone else fed him before they got back?

Jesus’s heart was filled with sharing the promises of God with the woman he’d met, encouraging her to tell others.

Verses 13-14: Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”

Jesus was concerned about teaching people of God’s love for them, drawing them into his family. He offered to share that work with us, as well as its benefits.

Jesus wanted his disciples to focus on this much more important work of teaching people about him. Each of us who follow Jesus has a part in that work, and we can share the joy of seeing others come to understand God’s love.

Verse 36: “Even now the one who reaps draws a wage and harvests a crop for eternal life, so that the sower and the reaper may be glad together.”

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