The Christian’s Food
The Christian’s food is not what is placed on the table before us to devour for our bodies nourishment, but rather the work we have been assigned by the Master. In the following story the disciples of Jesus were hungry and had gone into a nearby city to purchase food. Upon their return Jesus used the food they brought back to teach them a life lesson on the Christian’s earthly work assignment. [John 4:27-38] “And at this point His (Jesus) disciples came, and they marveled that He talked with a woman; yet no one said, “What do you seek?” or, “Why are you talking with her?” The woman then left her waterpot, went her way into the city, and said to the men, “Come see a man who told me all things that I ever did. Could this be the Christ?” Then they went out of the city and came to Him.
In the meantime His disciples urged Him saying, “Rabbi eat.” But He said to them, “I have food to eat of which you do not know.” Therefore the disciples said to one another, “Has anyone brought Him anything to eat?” Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent me and to finish His work, “Do you not say, “There are still four months and then comes the harvest? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are already white for harvest! And he who reaps receives wages, and gather fruit for eternal life, that both he who sows and he who reaps may rejoice together. “For in this saying is true; “One sows and another reaps.’ “I sent you to reap that for which you have not labored; others have labored, and you have entered into their labors.”
The mind of natural man is ever on his earthly body and its needs, but the bible teaches us that because we are a spirit person who lives in a fleshly body we are to be spiritually minded thinking upon spiritual things or things that pertain to how God operates the kingdom of heaven. Our natural mind and body is to give way to our regenerated spirit man whose desire is to live on earth as God lives in heaven. Here on the earth is where the Christian person learns to live like God and operate on a higher level of life than does the unbeliever. Since Jesus, the Son of God, the Incarnate Word of God, who dwelt in a fleshly body was dealing with natural men whom He had chosen as disciples to be the people to deliver His kingdom message to a dying world. He knew that teaching kingdom principles to natural men without using natural objects would be a waste of time. So He used the natural things of this world of which they knew about to teach them spiritual concepts about the operation of the spiritual world in which God lives and rules from. The disciples recorded the teachings of Jesus for our understanding, that, we, too, might learn how to operate in God’s kingdom so that we might evangelize a much more heavily populated world in a more efficient manner. But, we, like they, have failed to understand even the simplest things Jesus taught for the same reason they failed to understand His teachings. Our thoughts and concerns, like theirs, are upon our fleshly body and what makes it happy instead of upon the spirit man who lives in us whose desire is to please the Lord. The will of the natural man is to possess, but the will of the spirit man within us is to give away. These two are in direct opposition to one another, and when a person submits to the Lord God and is born again or the spirit within them is regenerated and becomes aware of the desires of its creator, a war of wills begins. The flesh wants to be satisfied and feel secure therefore it is ever lusting for more of everything, and the regenerated spirit man wants to be the dominate person who rules our life in the manner that pleases God.
The disciples who went for food did so to satisfy their flesh, but when they returned, Jesus began to teach them about what real Christian food is and where to find it. Natural food is for the body, but the work of God is the food of the spirit man. Jesus said to His disciples, “Do you not say, “There are still four months and then comes the harvest? Natural man is knowledgeable of the growing season of the crops he plants, but Jesus said the fields in the kingdom of God are always white and ready for harvesting. “Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are already white for harvest!” The natural man knows when the crops he has planted is ready for harvesting, but the Christian does not know when the soul of man is ready to be gleaned. The emotions of man is the voice of the soul and the cry of the body is the pain it feels. The soul that is ready for harvesting informs the reapers by the voicing of complaints from the load it is under. When the weight of the ear of corn becomes a burden to the plant, the plant simply lets the ear of corn lean over because it can no longer bear its weight. When the burden of man becomes too much for them to bear, they voice their plea for help through their complaints. If the Christian had ears that could hear the voices of the souls ready for harvesting, our churches would be overflowing like the barns of the farmer after his harvest. A healthy soul like a healthy plant does not complain about the weight of its burden. It bears the weight of its load with joy because it expects an increase. But what we see happening today in the church in America is more people are interested in feeding their body than in harvesting the ripened fields of souls that are ready for harvesting. Jesus said, “And he who reaps receives wages, and gathers fruit for eternal life, that both he who sows and he who reaps may rejoice together.” He continued, “I sent you to reap that for which you have not labored; others have labored, and you have entered into their labors.” We wonder why our church cupboards are bare so to speak, and why our churches are dying off instead of flourishing. If we really understood what Jesus was dispensing to His disciples on this day, our cupboards would be overflowing with incoming souls fresh from the harvest fields.
If we really understood that God pays wages (eternal life) to the workmen for their work, the harvest would be picked and not left in the fields to rot. If natural man approached farming the way the church approaches the work of God, they would be laughed out of the counties they live in. The church is the only business I know of where people expect to receive wages for not doing their job. An employer would laugh until he cried if he had an employee that never showed up for work or did his job while he was at work, but still expected to be paid a full wage each pay day. The employer would think the man was nuts. But isn’t that what the church does to the Lord? We do no work in the kingdom of God because we are to busy satisfying the lust of our flesh, but we still expect to go to heaven when we die even though we never once entered into God’s harvest fields to harvest the souls ready for harvesting? DThrash
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