Jesus said to them, "My meat is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to finish His work.
~John 4: 33-34
Jesus spoke these words to his disciples after they showed concern for the fact that Jesus hadn’t eaten for some time. They had been traveling and He had been preaching and later ministering to the woman at the well.
“Master, eat,” they had encouraged.
“I have meat to eat that ye know not of,” Jesus had
They questioned each other, showing their doubt, or maybe simply trying to find out who was the one that may have brought Jesus food. “Has anyone brought Him anything to eat?” they had queried among themselves.
There is much to learn from Jesus’ answer.
“My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his
Now this is not to say that we should go without food and nourishment. That isn’t really the point here. But it is an example to show us that when we are in the Father’s will; when we are doing the thing that God has for us to do, we will be buoyed with strength from our Father.
We all have something with which we have been gifted by God to help build His Kingdom. Once we have discovered that gift and we use our gift accordingly, this verse assures us we can be energized and uplifted by that work - just as if it was meat for our bodies. Spiritual nourishment comes not only from prayer, studying the Bible, and going to church. It includes finding the gift God has for our lives and using it to advance His Kingdom.
The thing that I believe is particularly important in this verse is that He left us with this example that we might do the will of God just as He did. In that we will find strength.
1 Cor. 12: 4-11
John 6: 38-40