Day 36: The Evangelism Diet

John 4:27-42 : At this, his disciples came. They marveled that he was speaking with a woman; yet no one said, “What are you looking for?” or, “Why do you speak with her?” So the woman left her water pot, and went away into the city, and said to the people, “Come, see a man who told me everything that I did. Can this be the Christ?” They went out of the city, and were coming to him. In the meanwhile, the disciples urged him, saying, “Rabbi, eat.” But he said to them, “I have food to eat that you don’t know about.” The disciples therefore said one to another, “Has anyone brought him something to eat?” Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of him who sent me, and to accomplish his work. Don’t you say, ‘There are yet four months until the harvest?’ Behold, I tell you, lift up your eyes, and look at the fields, that they are white for harvest already. He who reaps receives wages, and gathers fruit to eternal life; that both he who sows and he who reaps may rejoice together. For in this the saying is true, ‘One sows, and another reaps.’ I sent you to reap that for which you haven’t labored. Others have labored, and you have entered into their labor.” From that city many of the Samaritans believed in him because of the word of the woman, who testified, “He told me everything that I did.” So when the Samaritans came to him, they begged him to stay with them. He stayed there two days. Many more believed because of his word. They said to the woman, “Now we believe, not because of your speaking; for we have heard for ourselves, and know that this is indeed the Christ, the Savior of the world.”

Here we find out more about what Jesus thinks about doing God’s will. He didn’t eat when His disciples brought food back from the city. Then He compared doing God’s will to eating food. The thing I love about this is that it shows that Jesus was not doing God’s will out of duty. He wanted to do it just like a person wants to eat when they are hungry.

Let’s look at this situation through Jesus’ eyes. He was sent from God to save a people that were desperately in need of saving. I would guess He can see the people coming toward Him from the city and, I believe, He was excited and could hardly focus on anything else. Eating food probably didn’t seem very important from His standpoint. Where the disciples may have seen a lost eating opportunity, Jesus was overjoyed at the feast of saved people that was coming His direction.

Jesus sowed the seed into the heart of the woman who immediately spread it in the city. They immediately came out to see Jesus and believed. What an effective form of evangelism! Jesus and His disciples ended up not having to worry about food or travel because for the next two days they would be staying there with people from the city.

The Bible says that when we serve God as believers we earn rewards in Heaven. We don’t earn the ability to go to Heaven, it’s just that we are rewarded for our work for God here. Jesus had sown the seed and the disciples were going to get to join in on the work of helping these Samaritans, and workers get paid.

May God help us to see the world through Jesus’ eyes and have a hunger to obey His will.