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Shaking The Four Month Mentality

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Jesus harvest soonJesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent me and to accomplish His work.  Do you not say, ‘There are yet four months, then comes the harvest?’  Look, I tell you, lift up your eyes, and see that the fields are white for harvest.”  John 4:34-35

Christ was so consumed with his work that he thought little about his own need for food.  Job described this kind of thinking when he said in Job 23:12, “I have treasured the words of his mouth more than my portion of food.”  I have experienced times in my own life when I was so enthused about what I was doing that I might have skipped a meal or two, but I would be ashamed to tell you how many of those times were spent focused on God’s will.

We live for satisfaction, but sadly we go to the wrong places to find that satisfaction.  We’ll often look toward eating, experiences, entertainment, material things, or even relationships for a lasting satisfaction that’s just not there.  The disciples were also slow to understand this as they thought Jesus was talking about literal food and were wondering where he got it from.  We know that Jesus was talking about something far greater.  In a way we are like the disciples always preoccupied with the here and now failing to recognize the priority of the Father’s work.  For Jesus leading the Samaritan woman to experience salvation was the true nourishment he sought.  The disciples were satisfied with bread, but Jesus was satisfied with accomplishing the Father’s work.

In v.32 Christ said, “I have food to eat that you do not know about.”  The position we are to take in the Father’s work is one of submission to his will.  You say, “What is the Father’s will?”  Urgent engagement in the harvest of the lost is God’s will.  Phillip Brooks said, “Seek your life’s nourishment in your life life’s work.”  The will of God ought to be just as much, if not more, satisfying to us as sitting down to a great feast.

The trouble is we are in and out, up and down and dabble in doing the will of our heavenly Father.  The satisfaction we seek can only be found in being persistent in the Father’s work.  This is why Christ said in v.34 that he must accomplish his work.  There was no half-way serving with Jesus.  Aren’t you glad that finishing was on his mind when from the cross of Calvary he said, “It is finished” (John 19:30)?  If we are ever to know the eternal satisfaction we were meant to experience we must see that it is found in being faithful to finish, as well as, in being faithful to the finish.

Jesus changes the image from food to harvest quoting from a familiar Jewish proverb that talks about waiting for the harvest as he points to the villagers coming out to the well to meet him, thanks to the witness of the Samaritan woman.  The disciples, so much like us, went into the village to find bread to satisfy their stomachs, but failed to share with anyone the bread of life that would satisfy their souls.  The woman took their place!  The question we are left with is this, is our pursuit of the lost urgent or is our response, “There’s still four more months”?  In what ways are you finding satisfaction in making disciples?  Or, are you telling yourself there are four more months till harvest?  It’s time to shake the four month mentality.

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