"My food," said Jesus, "is to do the will of Him who sent me and to finish
His work" - John 4:32
It's a pity we live in a fast-food world, where little care, love or
preparation goes into preparing a main course. A true chef's delight is in his
ability to put together the necessary ingredients that create the finished work.
When a chef finishes creating a main course, what he sees and what you see are
two different things. You've been waiting. You have no idea of what's going on
behind the scenes. You're wondering if the course is as good as people say it
is. Maybe the chef's not at all what they say he is. You're thinking: I came a
long way for this, so it'd better be good. And when it comes all you can think
of is satisfying your hunger and curiosity. The chef sees a creation, a
masterpiece. He's worked meticulously to make sure every ingredient has been
measured and added correctly. Timing is everything. The climate has to be right.
"It is finished," he thinks to himself when it's done, and one more person will
eat of his toil and sacrifice. John 4:1-42 has a wonderful recipe for every
person who desires to be one of God's chefs, someone who would be willing to
momentarily set aside his own goals to pursue that of the Father's. While the
disciples thought of physical hunger and thirst, Jesus dealt with the spiritual
hunger and thirst of an individual.
Unlike us, Jesus immediately initiates the conversation. He is compassionate
to the Samaritan woman's need for water and offers to provide it (v. 10).
Without challenging her questions, He informs her she is wrong in her
preconceived notions about who can have a relationship with God (vs. 11-13). She
asks to have her thirst quenched (v. 15). He brings her to admit her sin,
teaches her how true Christians should worship and brings both her and many
others into a relationship with Him as the main course for their lives (vs.
14-42). What kind of food have you had on your plate lately? Have you delighted
in only having Christ served as the main course of your life? Have you taken the
time to prepare the ingredients He's provided you with to serve others the food
that will allow Him to finish His work? As you partake of dinner with friends or
relatives tonight, think of the ingredients that great Chef used in bringing us
into a relationship with Him: a wooden cross, a set of nails, a crown of thorns,
vinegar, a sign, a sprinkling of blood, our sins and His son. Never forget God's
recipe for your salvation...it's in His priceless name that we pray this.
Tony's poems have appeared in both secular and Christian journals, including
The Connecticut Poetry Review, Footprints, Black Bear Review, Skylark and
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