Summary: Jesus did the will of the Father and finished His work. He knows His purpose in life, set the right priority, and has a passion for the lost. We want to know our purpose, set the priority and develop the passion exemplified by Christ.
Jesus says, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent me and to finish His work.”
• Of course, this couldn’t mean that Jesus do not have to eat.
• Jesus uses this incident to highlight to His disciples what is important.
Someone said, “The greatest danger in life is in permitting the urgent things to crowd out the important.”
• I do not wish to live with regrets. I want to do, not just the right things but the important things in life.
• This is easier said than done, because we have countless commitments.
• Many things may seem urgent, but they are not all important.
Jesus had just shared the gospel with a Samaritan woman.
• He used the time, spent by the disciples in buying food, to talk to a person in need.
• When the disciples return with the food, one soul was saved.
• And not just that, v.39 tells us “many of the Samaritans from that town believed in him because of the woman’s testimony.”
The disciples used the time to buy food – the concern for the material, the physical.
• Jesus used the time to save a soul – the concern for the spiritual.
• One is temporal, the other is eternal. One is worth a couple of dollars, the other is priceless.
• Jesus seized the opportunity given and did the Father’s will – the salvation of the lost.
• Jesus: “My food is to do the will of Him who sent me and to finish His work.”
It’s amazing to know that Jesus did finish the Father’s work in 3 years.
• That’s very short a time. Jesus lived a purpose-driven life.
• In this passage, He made a special trip to change a woman’s life.
• And He did that for Zacchaeus.
God is doing that same work together, through you and me.
• He did that for Cornelius, through Peter.
• He did that for the Ethiopian eunuch, through Philip.
Michael shared last Friday night on this.
• The Holy Spirit led Philip to the desert road, to a specific place, at a specific time, and brought salvation to this man.
• Although we see only 2 characters, Philip and the eunuch, the Holy Spirit is behind the event, orchestrating the salvation of one man.
The Holy Spirit is doing that today, if we are sensitive to His calling.
• The message is simple – God leads us to people in need of the gospel. We are to be His witnesses.
• The people around us are not there by coincidence. God places them within our reach, connecting them to us in relationships, so that we can share Christ.
Evangelism is an age-old theme, something I am most familiar with; nothing new.
• Yet I was reminded by Michael’s sharing. God is directing the events of life and I am the actor in His plan; to bring salvation to the lost that He has brought within my circle. This was a needed reminder.
Jesus is God’s-purpose-driven, and so must we.
Our purpose in life is to do the will of God.
• The Holy Spirit is still working today, to lead us to people in need.
• He will call us to some place, at some point in time, to meet someone who needs to hear about Jesus.
• The same way as He did to Philip; or to Peter when He called him to Cornelius house.
• God is doing that all the time, but we are not aware of it all the time.
We need to be sensitive to the leading of the Holy Spirit.
• We want to be God’s purpose-driven.
• Don’t waste your time. Don’t waste your life. Do something that matters to God’s heart; something eternal in value.
• If we neglect this, we can be working very hard but achieving little.
• At the end of our life, we would find ourselves writing another Ecclesiastes.
So take care of what you are doing today. Look at the things you’re investing the most time in, and make sure that they are worthwhile commitments.
The second we see in Jesus is His sense of what is important – His priority.
• “…to finish His work.”
• Can you feel the determination here? “I will do His will and will finish His work.”
• He never wavered to the left or to the right.
• With His last breath, He cried out on the cross: “It is finished!”
And He says here to His disciples (v.35): "Open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest.”
• The disciples need to open up their eyes to see that which is important.
• It is a priority in life, not food that feeds the body.