Mission before Meat


When Abraham’s eldest servant is welcomed into the house of Rebekah’s father, Bethuel, he is offered meat (food) for him to eat, but the servant refuses to eat until he has told them the purpose of his Master that had sent him on the mission to find a bride for the master’s son. (Genesis 24:33) In other words, the servant refused to satisfy his personal appetite unless his master’s purpose and mission was satisfied. The servant put his Master’s mission before meat.

Jesus said, that his meat (food) was to do the will of God the Father, who sent him and to finish his work (John 4:34).

Points to ponder:
Are we as servants of God, our Master and Lord (John 13:13), are we willing to put God’s mission of reconciling mankind (bride) with Jesus (the bridegroom) before satisfying our appetite? Just as the unnamed servant put mission before meat and just as Jesus expressed that his meat is to do the will of God the Father and finish his work, can we also put mission before meat until the work of God, in and through us, is finished.

Genesis 24:33 (KJV)
33 And there was set meat before him to eat: but he said, I will not eat, until I have told mine errand. And he said, Speak on.

John 4:34 (KJV)
34 Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work.

40 days and 40 nights :: Fed or Fueled


This is part of the 40 days and 40 nights series.
The Bible states that Moses was in the presence of the Lord for forty days and forty nights and he neither ate bread nor drank water during that time and at the end of that timeframe, the Law of the Lord was given for his people, through Moses. (Exodus 24:18, Exodus 34:28, Deuteronomy 9:9,11).

Points to ponder:
It is only in the presence of the Lord, do we have fullness of joy (Psalm 16:11) and the joy of the Lord is our strength (Nehemiah 8:10). Our strength does not come from the food that we intake but by the fuel of the Spirit of God when we spend time in his presence and our power come from fasting and praying (Mark 9:29). Like Moses, do we spend time with the Lord, gazing upon his beautiful glory (Psalm 27:4), so much so, that basic carnal necessities such as food become secondary, for to do the will of God the Father should be our sustenance, as it was for Jesus (John 4:34).  Are you fed or fueled?

John 4:31-34 (KJV)
31 In the mean while his disciples prayed him, saying, Master, eat.
32 But he said unto them, I have meat to eat that ye know not of.
33 Therefore said the disciples one to another, Hath any man brought him ought to eat?
34 Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work.

Mark 9:29 (KJV)
29 And he said unto them, This kind can come forth by nothing, but by prayer and fasting.