His Food and The Hungry

IMG_0540crop EBF (c) 2009by Elizabeth Burgard Fulgaro

31 Meanwhile his disciples urged him, “Rabbi, eat something.”  32 But he said to them, “I have food to eat that you know nothing about….34 My food,” said Jesus, “is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work.  (John 4:31-32, 34 NIV)

Food plays a large role in our lives, because it is a necessary element for our survival.  To celebrate special events, often we focus on preparing and enjoying special food, literally putting together feasts.  However, though Jesus participated in daily meals and many feasts just as we do, His focus was never His next meal.  His focus was the will of God.

By speaking in this way to his disciples, Jesus is making a point.  He isn’t saying never eat food to sustain the physical body. If we don’t, we ultimately will pass away. He is saying, don’t let distractions on lesser things cause you to miss the greater things.

Jesus like our Father and Spirit are concerned first, foremost and always with every person having the opportunity to be reconciled back into His destiny for him or her with God forever. This is the greater thing. Nothing is more important.

Our physical bodies will pass away eventually whether we feed ourselves well or not, but that which our Lord offers will not. It is never-ending and that for which we were created AND that which we do not receive unless we choose to be accept it. It is faith in God and in Jesus as Savior, Lord and the Way to Life which is the only Truth in the universe then, now and forever.

Food, entertainment, pleasures of this world can be easy distraction from the greater gifts He has for us and others, as we learn to be at rest in Him and serve Him as He desires us to serve.  How could anything bring us more satisfaction and true inner fulfillment than that for which He created us?

Joining the Lord in His work for us as part of His Body here to accomplish His purposes (the will of Father) does not mean increased and sometimes even aggravated preaching at people, but attentiveness to His will at all times with bowed-down readiness to obey in all things at all times.

This is His call. Will we hear Him?  Stop worrying and trying to make your own plans. Quiet yourself inside. Still the anxious, spinning thoughts. Ask the Lord to teach you to hear His voice, so you can listen to His plans (which will be a delight to your heart), take courage to step out in faith as He leads and receive His power for that which is His will to be accomplished with His Spirit flowing through you, His way, In the place where you are to touch those who He knows hunger and thirst for Him and sometimes do not even know it.

31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.  (Matt. 6:31-34 NIV)

NUGGETS OF GOD’s WISDOM

God’s Wisdom is more precious than gold.
This blog by Elizabeth Fulgaro helps readers discover God’s way versus the world’s one “nugget” at a time. 
http://www.ascendinworship.wordpress.com
 

   

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Elizabeth Fulgaro is a wife, mother, writer, inspirational speaker, worship leader, composer, singer & recording artist.  She is also a Certified Financial Planner and Accredited Financial Counselor with a heart for helping Christians understand and steward their finances God’s way. 

For books, worship cds, Bible studies and teachings written by Elizabeth Fulgaro or to schedule her to come speak to your group please visit www.holyspiritpress.org  Music can be purchased and audio clips heard at www.cdbaby.com/Artist/ElizabethFulgaro and on itunes.

Elizabeth is the Founder of Eagles Nest Foundation which provides spiritual support & encouragement to military and military families as well as those in physical and emotional battles (such as cancer, long-term illness) as well as those grieving a loss.    For information email elizabeth@eaglesnestfoundation.org or visit www.eaglesnestfoundation.org  

Author: Elizabeth Fulgaro

I am a God-seeker--a Jesus-worshipper--a Holy Spirit follower. I create songs, devotions, prayers, books and Bible studies to give words with which to get to know God more. For you. Its for one-on-One encounter unto transformed, transcendent living. This is not my vocation. I am not professional. I am a real, ordinary person just looking to do what God put me here to do. (You have a unique purpose too.) So I am called to the work. It is not my income source, but my gift to those who find it blessing. Eagles Nest Foundation sponsors all projects for you. The result: pure, clean spiritual nutrition to feed that deep insatiable spiritual hunger which eventually overtakes each of us and galvanizes you to the life God has for you. This life is purposeful. Exceptional. You--yes, you--are called to something greater and more satisfying in His service. So it is hoped you'll try this spiritually dense nutrition and find it to be a personal blessing. However, the goodness of God-following doesn't stop there. He uses those who seek Him to be His love and care (justice, mercy, advocate, kindness) very tangibly in the lives of those around you. Not by your power but by His. His ideas. God ideas. Not just good ideas. To be part of changing the world, if you will let Him. You learn to just follow where He leads. That if you listen, He will teach you to hear His voice and then when you obey His inner promptings you will become His incredible hands and feet in this hard world. These materials will help! They will help you aim your life towards God in a way you never look back. You will not be the same. He will become the River in your desert spaces and you will become a conduit of this same River of refreshing, replenishing Water of Life to others. Find a prayer. Pick a blog post. Read a book. Be led deeper into the Bible. Select a song which resonates and use it and use it again to go close and ever closer to the God who longs to draw you near. Oh, and don't be tempted to think I'm a crazy over-spiritualized loony...My background is financial planning and counseling. Almost 40 years of it. To choose to believe in God is not to leave practicality and reason behind, but to learn that there is that which goes beyond it and includes it, unto true life fulfillment beyond all your dreams for the one who keeps seeking Him. I am a third generation Californian. I am a person to whom family means everything. The only priority higher is God. The foothills of the Sierra Nevada are my home. It is here the 1849-1856 Gold Rush is still glorified. Easy money? Actually only for the few. Even though I was raised in the Church, it took me ten years of doubting God even existed to realize that without Him, no matter how much of this life's "stuff" is accumulated, I actually have nothing. To come to know that all those who chased after gold are dead and all those who still chase stuff will be dead. That's when I became a God-seeker. Looking for that more. And Eureka! (This is California's state slogan and means I found it.) I found God...or rather, I discovered He was there and had been there waiting for me to look for Him the whole time. May you discover more of Him for you, greater flourishing life and greater flourishing for all in the world as well. God bless you! ~Elizabeth

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