2 Lessons for the Disciples
“31 Meanwhile his disciples urged him, “Rabbi, eat something.”
32 But he said to them, “I have food to eat that you know nothing about.”
33 Then his disciples said to each other, “Could someone have brought him food?”
34 “My food,” said Jesus, “is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work. 35 Don’t you have a saying, ‘It’s still four months until harvest’? I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest. 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. 37 Thus the saying ‘One sows and another reaps’ is true. 38 I sent you to reap what you have not worked for. Others have done the hard work, and you have reaped the benefits of their labor.”
Many Samaritans Believe
39 Many of the Samaritans from that town believed in him because of the woman’s testimony, “He told me everything I ever did.” 40 So when the Samaritans came to him, they urged him to stay with them, and he stayed two days. 41 And because of his words many more became believers.
42 They said to the woman, “We no longer believe just because of what you said; now we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this man really is the Savior of the world.” John 4:31-41 NIV
After His interaction with the Samaritan woman, the disciples return to the scene and offer Jesus something to eat.
Jesus communicates two things when the disciples return.
1 – Real satisfaction comes from doing the will of God.
“my food… is to the will of Him who sent Me.”
Jesus teaches the disciples to do what God has put you on earth to do. His food was doing the will of the One who sent Him. Is your nourishment found in the One who sent you? Is your identity found in doing the will of the One who sent you?
2 –People are more eager to hear the Gospel, than we as Christians are willing to share it.
“I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest…”
Jesus pointed out the fields are ripe for harvest. To which harvest was Jesus referring to? Jesus was referring to the Samaritans… the ones who were ignored and forgotten. The ones who no one else wanted to be around and whom no one was interested in.
Jesus was telling the disciples that there is a whole generation with a hole in their heart and a longing for God. Be aware of opportunities to share the Gospel. Be on the lookout. The harvest is ripe.
Lord Jesus increase my heart and capacity to do Your will. In the awesome name of Jesus Christ, amen.
Ty Tamasaka is an author who hold a Master of Arts Degree from Pacific Rim Christian University in Christian Ministry He is a Bible teacher who loves to encourage people to enjoy Jesus’ grace and extend His Kingdom. Ty just released his new book More than a Conqueror: 5 Pathways to Personal Revival.