My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to accomplish his work.
Food is essential to our survival and overall well-being. Not only does it provide us with the energy we need for daily tasks, it supports us in our growth and development as well. Lack of food can cause the body to break down its own tissues and organs for energy, which can lead to serious damage and eventually, organ failure and death.
No wonder food occupies such a prominent place in any culture throughout the world and any period of fasting is a big deal!
Yet Jesus here points to a higher priority than filling our bodies with physical sustenance. When queried by his disciples about whether or not he has eaten, he points to the absolute precedence of accomplishing God’s will above all else.
This is reminiscent of the Lord’s prayer: Your kingdom come, your will be done (Matthew 6:10). Above all else, we as Christ’s disciples are to seek God’s purposes first in our lives. Here Jesus sets the example for us.
Implicit in the act of seeking God’s will is also our trust that God will provide for all of our needs. As we endeavour to place his kingdom as our first priority, our Lord assures us that he himself will take care of us (Matthew 6:33)
May we be reminded and guided by the Holy Spirit today to not only be concerned about our work or family objectives, but to seek God’s kingdom purposes and will in all that we do.
Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name.
Your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
and forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.