DEVOTION:Is This How You Look At It?
Do you remember the story of Jesus and the Samaritan woman? If you do, then you know that His encounter with the Samaritan woman happened when the disciples had gone to the city to buy food. They arrived when Jesus was winding His conversation with the Samaritan woman. Our lesson for today comes from what took place after she left.
Just then his disciples returned and were surprised to find him talking with a woman. But no one asked, “What do you want?” or “Why are you talking with her?” Then, leaving her water jar, the woman went back to the town and said to the people, “Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did. Could this be the Messiah?” They came out of the town and made their way toward him.John 4:27-30
When the woman left, the disciples were eager to give Jesus food to eat since He had not ate anything.
Meanwhile his disciples urged him, “Rabbi, eat something.” John 4:31
But Jesus’ response puzzled His disciples.
But he said to them, “I have food to eat that you know nothing about.” John 4:32
This caused the disciples to wonder
Then his disciples said to each other, “Could someone have brought him food?” John 4:33
But Jesus knowing what they were wondering about gave them this answer.
“My food,” said Jesus, “is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work. John 4:34
Jesus understood His mission here on earth was to do the will of His father and to fulfill the assignment God the father gave Him. This is why on the cross He said: “It is finished”.
1. I wish all Christians would have this same perspective as they serve the Lord in different ministries that God has call each one of us. Pastor’s would not have to struggle or wonder who should do this or that in the church.
2. Do you know that your assignment is God’s will for your life? Do you know that He expects you to finish this assignment? Here is what Jesus said: “My food,” said Jesus, “is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work. John 4:34
3. It is unfortunate that not everyone takes the work of God seriously and treats it as it is. Instead, for example, in a church some believers think the work belongs to the pastor. This kind of view of ministry affects how one will perform his/her assignment in the church.
4. But here is what happens or should happened when you have this kind of view of ministry.
a. You will be motivated by a desire to please God in all that you do.
b. You do not depend on anyone to motivate you for your motivation comes from your desire to fulfill the work God has given you.
c. You will give your best to God!
d. The work of God will not suffer under your watch.
e. You will be the most reliable and productive person in your Church or whichever ministry you are part of.
5. What kind of ministry are you involved in? Are you involved in any church ministry? For example: Sunday school teacher; Worship team member; Usher, Media, etc. If so, are you a reliable person? Are you productive? Does the leader or pastor proud to have you because you can be counted on?
You can only be able
To be reliable and productive
Only if your view of ministry
Is the same as that of
Our Lord Jesus Christ
Here was Jesus view of His ministry here on earth
“is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work.
IS THIS HOW YOU LOOK AT IT?
By Pastor Shadrack Ruto