How Hungry Are You?
October 17, 2008
Jesus said to them, "My food is
to do the will of Him who sent Me and to accomplish His work.” John 4:34
Think for a moment about what it feels like when you are hungry.
Very hungry. The growling in your stomach, the shakiness in your
limbs, the focusing of all your thoughts on getting food.
Jesus equated his need to do the will of God with his need for
food. In essence, he said, “I can’t live apart from
doing God’s will. If I don’t accomplish his purpose,
I will die. I hunger for his will as if I were starving; my desire
to do his will eclipses everything else in life.”
Is that our attitude? Is accomplishing God’s purpose our
central focus in life? Would we rather die than wander away from
him and his will for us?
Or is it possible that we could spiritually starve and die … and
never even notice the fact? Could we go about our daily routines,
never thinking about God, about eternity, about holiness, about
saving the lost or advancing the kingdom?
Unfortunately, unlike our bodily hunger, we can deaden our spiritual
hunger until the pangs no longer bother us. Fortunately, God can
help quicken our hunger again when we turn to him!
- As you consider
Jesus’ words above, ask yourself, “How
hungry am I for God’s will and purpose?”
- What aspects
of life can deaden your spiritual hunger? What do you need to
do to address those areas?
- We often think about God’s purpose “for
our lives,” but that can be a bit too broad a scope. Think
about your day today. What is God’s purpose in your life
today? What would God like to see you accomplish in the next