John 4:34 “
Jesus saith unto them, "My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work.”
Meeting Needs Missions: Becoming a True witness in this Trying Times
Have you ever wondered why a number of accounts in the Bible involves eating and drinking?
1. Sin entered the world because Adam and Eve was not able to resist the temptation of eating from the fruit, which is appealing to their sight. Their appetite to become like God eventually caused their downfall.
2. God faithfully fed the Israelites with manna when they were in the wilderness yet discontentment and continuous stubbornness overcame them which brought them into wandering.
3. Jesus spent His last fellowship with His disciples through a dinner wherein later was termed as the Lord's Supper. Through eating the bread which represents the Body and drinking wine symbolizing the Blood, Christians today commemorate the Lord's suffering on the cross.
These three are just few of the examples when these two basic necessities in life (food and water) mentioned in the Bible.
Reviewing several stories in the Old Testament led me into curiosity. Why do Jesus in several occasions used water, bread and food as illustrations when talking about the Kingdom? Food and water is a primary human need. No one could live longer without these two. I remember Abraham Maslow, a psychologist, coining the term survival needs as referring to the necessities of life. True, food and water are one of the things that is common to man. It is so common that everyone knows about it. Everyone can relate to it. Everyone craves for it. And, everyone needs it to survive.
Jesus' presence on earth could never pass without everyone noticing it. His ministry creates a lasting impact wherever he goes. Jesus who is fully God and fully human could relate to everyone. He also feels thirsty and hungry. He easily relates to those He is ministering to. Jesus is the only One who can satisfy our cravings. We could always live a fulfilled life because Jesus is more than enough.
Jesus' grace did not only save us from eternal condemnation but it sustains us and makes us survive every day. Adam, Eve and the Israelites failed the test because they delved in to their wants. God already provided every fruit in the garden except one still they wanted more. The Israelites were provided food daily yet they wanted a different one. On the other hand, Jesus was tempted by Satan to make the stone to bread but He fought against his hunger because He knew that "Man shall not leave by bread alone but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God." Matthew 4:4 Satan is active in his schemes and just one loss of appetite to God's Word, he will make a way to shaken our body with deceit. Thus beyond looking after for our physical needs, it is best to strengthen our spiritual life more. Above all, always feed and clothe ourselves with the basic needs of our soul so we can best serve God and accomplish the task entrusted to us.
Furthermore, based on John, there are Pre-requisites (the ABCDs) in becoming a true Witness for Christ and the following are the several we may consider:
1. Acknowledgement that I could not do anything on my own. verse 30 "Seek not my own will but the will of the Him who sent me."
2. Burning with passion to shine as light in this dark world. verse 35 " He (John) was a burning and shining lamp..."
3. Comply to what the Scripture says. verse 37b, 38a, 39a, 40 "...His voice you have never heard, his form you have never seen, and you do not have his word abiding in you..." "You search the Scriptures... yet you refuse to come to me that you may have life."
4. Do not rob God of the glory that He alone deserves. verse 41, 44 "I do not receive glory from people." "How can you believe, when you receive glory from one another and do not seek the glory that comes from the only God?"
To sum it all up, when Jesus said, “My food is to do the will of God,” it speaks to me in this way: To look into missions as our daily food and to see every soul needing of a food that never spoils.