John 4:34 The Fulfilling Food

“My food,” said Jesus, “is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work.” John 4:34

It is common to most people to have some type of food that is considered their comfort food. It is a type of food that one loves to eat when going through a stressful, difficult time.

For each person the type of comfort food can be different. Some like chocolate or other types of sweets, others like salty foods, and yet others may like some pasta or breads. Each person is unique in their desires.

Jesus had skipped a meal to help a Samaritan woman. He told the disciples that His food was to do the work that God, the Father had sent Him to do.

While the world looks to temporary things to find comfort and fulfillment in their lives, believers must look to eternal things. Physical food meets a temporary need. It fills the belly for a short while, then fades away and more is needed.

Every believer is to hunger and thirst after the things of God. Doing what God desires will fill a person with more comfort and satisfaction than eating any food that this world can ever offer.

God has given every believer the assignment to be a witness and make disciples. Each time a believer brings another person to believe in Jesus, he will find fulfillment and comfort that will last for eternity and do more than any thing else.

When a believer is chooses to not do what God desires, he will find himself hungry and thirsty, never being satisfied or fulfilled. As he does God’s will, all the temporary feelings and desires of this world will fade away, being replaced with the eternal.

You may be hungering or thirsting for something and have been looking to food for meeting those desires. Change your focus from the temporary things of this world to the things of God. There is nothing more satisfying and fulfilling than doing what God wants.

Seek out what work God has for you to do, then do it. There will always be someone you can witness to or disciple. Go out and find the eternal food God has for you to eat. It will provide more for you than you could ever want.

Allow God to meet all of your temporary and eternal needs to be met by doing His work.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know the work God has for you to do; that you will find fulfillment in obeying God; and that you will do what God has for you to do.

Luke 24:5 Looking For Life

In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead?” Luke 24:5

One thing that people are searching for all over the world is life. They want to have a life that is fulfilled and successful. Most want to be happy and be able to really enjoy life.

In the process of looking for this type of life, people will search any thing and every where. There are few things that people will not try in order to get the life that they are seeking.

After Jesus had died, some women went to His tomb, only to find He was not there. Two angels appeared to them and asked them why they searched for the living among the dead. Jesus was not there, because He had risen from the dead.

Searching for meaning, purpose and life in this world, is searching among the dead. Everything that the world claims to bring purpose and life is dead. Those things are focused on the here and now, the temporary, which is dead and will pass away.

The only thing that gives true purpose and life is seeking God through Jesus Christ. Instead of searching on the level in this fallen, dead world, one must look up to God.

Some in the church let themselves fall into the ways of the world, seeking temporal life, rather than leaning on God for all life. Instead of looking among the dead, believers must get among other believers, the living, and with God to find real life.

Jesus brings a life that is real and eternal. It will meet the desires of the heart more than any thing in this world could ever offer.

As you are going through life, you must decide what you are really seeking to find. If you are desiring real life, then you must turn away from the dead things of this world, that have absolutely nothing of value to offer you.

Turn your search to knowing God more and more each day. It is only Jesus who can offer true life. He rose from the dead and is alive to this day and will remain alive for eternity.

Jesus offers this same life to you today. All you have to do is seek Him, repent of your sins and accept the life He has for you. Don’t seek life among the dead.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know the life God has for you; that you will seek purpose and fulfillment in God alone; and that you will live to serve God.

Matthew 25:29 Invest What You Have

For whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them. Matthew 25:29

Investment is something the world understands. It is taking what little one has and using it in a way that will cause it to increase. The world often likes to invest for personal and selfish reasons. Most want to be very wealthy in themselves and for themselves.

The investment that the world does is physical and temporary gain. None of it will last for eternity. When one dies, all invested will go to another person.

Jesus gave a parable about three men given some talents to invest. Two made more and was given more. The third made nothing and lost what he had.

When Jesus saves a person from his sins, it is not just for personal use only that the person is saved. Each person is saved to go out and bring others to a saving knowledge of Jesus. It is keeping eternity in mind.

Everything that a person is allowed to have, both physical and spiritual, is to be used to build God’s kingdom. All the skills and things a person has is to be invested into spreading the gospel message, not just for temporary, personal pleasures.

In the end God will judge each person for what He has given them. God will look to see if each person had invested what he had into His kingdom or not. Those who had invested it correctly will be given more. Those who refused to invest it and hoarded it, will lose what they had been given, both physically and spiritually.

It is critical that every believer uses everything he has for God’s glory and to build His kingdom. It is about investing in others and God.

God has blessed you with different things and skills. Each of these things are unique just for your use in God’s kingdom. Do not hold onto these things for your own personal pleasure, they will fade away and become worthless over time. If you do not use them to build God’s kingdom, in the end you will lose everything, including your life.

Instead of losing everything, invest it all and God will reward you with much more. This is doing what God desires with what you have to spread His gospel message for all the world to hear.

Today I pray that you will know what God has given you; that God will reveal to you how to invest what you have for eternal purposes; that you will trust God for what you need; and that you will see God’s blessings and provision as you invest into His kingdom.

Zechariah 10:12 God Will Strengthen

I will strengthen them in the Lord and in his name they will live securely, declares the Lord. Zechariah 10:12

People desire to live securely. They want to know that they will have what they need when they need it, without fear of losing it or having it taken away.

In order to get this, people seek to have high paying careers, large bank accounts, and great positions. People feel more secure when they feel that they are in control of everything in their lives. However, many fall apart when things go wrong and all sense of security is lost.

God told the people that He would strengthen them. It was in His name that they would find security.

Although the world tries to say that following its ways will bring security, it is a false sense of security. In just a moment everything can change and all is lost. The things that the world relies upon for security are only temporary.

Believers have a security that is eternal. Nothing that can happen in this life can change that short of one giving it up. God gives the believer strength to keep moving forward despite the problems faced in this world, despite the destruction and turmoil going on.

Every believer can know that in the end he will receive eternal life and that, until then, God will provide abundantly for every need. The believer’s focus must be upon God and eternity, both for his own life and the lives of everyone he meets. Everything else is temporary and can be a distraction for what God wants and is doing.

You will have days that are filled with trouble. There will be times when everything in your life will appear to be falling apart and that the enemy is winning the battle. Do not give up. Do not allow the world to break you down. Do not allow yourself to get distracted with the chaos of this fallen world. Seek the Lord and His strength to keep going.

God is ready and willing to fill you with His Holy Spirit to give you the needed strength. Rely upon His promises and strength to continue to live for Him and be His witness.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will be filled with God’s Holy Spirit to give you strength; that you will know God’s power in your life; and that you will move forward with God.

Zechariah 9:12 Return To Your Fortress

Fortress on a cliff

Return to your fortress, you prisoners of hope; even now I announce that I will restore twice as much to you. Zechariah 9:12 

Fortresses are places of security, safety, and provision. People strive to build all of these things with the ways of the world, bigger houses, careers, bank accounts and more. These things are built up in hopes of a more secure future.

All of these provide a false sense of what people are really desiring. Each of these are temporary and will fade away or can be quickly removed.

Zechariah gives a call to the Israelites to return to their fortress. As they return, they will also be restored with twice as much as they had lost.

Believers are living in a fallen world and have often become prisoners of this world. They can get caught up in what the world sees as important and strive after those things. Rather than looking up to God, they look outward to people and the things of this world.

When Zechariah made this call, he had just prophesied about Jesus coming. Jesus, being God, is the fortress that everyone can run to. He is a firm foundation that everyone can stand upon.

God is a God of hope, salvation, and provision. The world and sin has tried to take away the joy and hope of salvation from believers.

When the believer returns to God, his fortress, he will get twice as much as what was stolen from him restored–twice as much joy, grace, salvation, hope, peace, and provision. These are things that will last for eternity and cannot be taken away.

Jesus has broken the chains of sin and bondage so that every believer can return to the fortress of God to have a hope that lasts for eternity.

Over time you may have allowed the ways of the world trap you into thinking as the world does. You may have allowed yourself to get trapped into seeking all of your needs as the world does.

It is not too late, you can turn around and return to God with all of your heart. Go to the fortress of Jesus and be restored. God is ready and willing to restore all that has been lost and more due to running with the world.

God loves you and is full of mercy and grace. Allow Him to be your fortress in this fallen world as you wait for His return.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that God will be your strong fortress; that you will live by God’s ways of living; and that you will see God restore all that has been lost in following the world’s ways.