It’s always dangerous to post something after 11:30pm. Sometimes my mind isn’t exactly sound, if you know what I mean.
I’ve been wanting to learn more about Jesus’ ministry. Jesus is very important, if you didn’t know. It is easy to love God. It is easy to worship God and to talk with God. But Jesus. Now that’s a different story. If you love God but you don’t know Jesus, then really your relationship with God is pretty much useless. This is hard to dissect because Jesus IS God and Hebrews clearly states that Jesus is “the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature.” So I guess when I say God I really mean “the Father.” That might not clear anything up either…
Jesus is the Way and the Truth and the Life and NO ONE comes to the Father except through Him (John 14:6). If you read Luke’s account of Paul’s ministry in Philippi (Acts 16), you see that Lydia (the first convert in Philippi) was a worshipper of God. Oh yes, she knew and loved the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. But she didn’t know Jesus Christ, the Son of the Living God. Paul preached the gospel and the Lord opened her heart to respond. She was baptized and all was well.
So all this to say that loving God without knowing Jesus is boo boo.
So this morning I was reading in John 4. It says:
31Meanwhile his disciples urged him, “Rabbi, eat something.”
32But he said to them, “I have food to eat that you know nothing about.”
33Then 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. 35Do you not say, ‘Four months more and then the harvest’? I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest. 36Even now the reaper draws his wages, even now he harvests the crop for eternal life, so that the sower and the reaper may be glad together.
Jesus’ food is to do the will of God. The thing that fueled him, the thing that drove him was to seek the will of God and to accomplish God’s work. But what’s interesting is what he said right after that. The fields are ripe for harvest.
I think we often think of God’s will for our lives as something far off. Something that is yet to come. And it is. We seem to think of it as a career. But it is also here and now. The climax of Jesus’ ministry was his crucifixion. That was his ultimate accomplishment of God’s will, saving mankind and all. And he did everything with his eyes set on that, enduring the cross for the joy that was set before him. But God’s will for Jesus was also the woman at the well and the blind man he healed.
I can get so caught up in what God has in store for me in the coming months that I forget that He has things for me NOW to accomplish. If we are constantly looking forward to the next season of our life, we might miss out on what God has for us RIGHT NOW.
In Colossians, Paul writes that he prays that the Church would be filled with the knowledge of the will of God. He prays that God would reveal His will for them. Sounds pretty awesome, right? Wouldn’t you love to know what God’s will for your life is? But what happens if you pray only to discover that His will is next week you pack up and move to Iraq as a missionary? Or what if it is to give up your house and car to live in the crappiest trailer park in town so you can host Bible studies and barbecues with the neighbors? It is a very dangerous thing to pray.
I went to Rocky to visit the youth group that I miss so dearly. We watched an old John Piper sermon. It was about not wasting your life. I can honestly say that that is one of my deepest fears. That I will waste this life that God has given me. And when I stand before the Holy and Beautiful King, I will give an account of what I did here. I don’t want to have to say that I was always looking to what might be in store and missed everything He put right in front of my face…