Dependence That Feeds Me
by Sharon Betters
Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me and to accomplish His work.”
John 4:34, ESV
Jesus models for us how to depend on God the way a child depends on his or her father. We see Him rising early to pray before choosing His disciples. After a full day of pouring out in ministry, He slips off by Himself to a desolate place and prays all night, energized by time with His Father to lead His disciples to a new place of ministry. He refuses to speak any words His Father has not told Him to speak. He repeatedly reminds listeners of His mission statement: He does the will of His Father. Jesus, equal to God, submits to His Father, even when His Father’s instructions may seem outrageous (the choice of Judas as a disciple, leaving a successful ministry where people are clamoring for His attention, etc.).
Everyday life gives us opportunities to use those spiritual muscles of dependence, so when life crashes down, our default mode is to run to Him and cry out, “I don’t know what to do, so my eyes are fixed on you.”
The words of Jesus flow out of His mouth because His Father told Him to say them. Jesus, equal to God, refused to speak unless God the Father directed His Words. Right after His triumphal entry into Jerusalem, days before the crucifixion that Jesus knew was coming, He reminds listeners He did not come to earth to do His will but His Father’s. Jesus defers all power to His Father, who sent Him and who tells Him “what to say and what to speak.” Jesus’ words aligned with His mission: to do the will of His Father. Is it your desire to "do the will of the Father?" When we "taste and see that the Lord is good" our appetite for demonstrating our love for Him and dependence on Him grows. Each bite of His Word and intimacy with Him through prayer sends spiritual nutrition flowing through our spiritual bodies, and slowly the fruit of His presence peeks through the cracks in our lives. Today I invite you with the Psalmist to "taste and see that the Lord is good."
Oh, Lord, we want a magic potion to transform us into a sinless, totally likable person. Instead, You offer us the gift of Your presence and invite us to get to know you and discover the richness of Your love. May we enjoy Your presence every day, whether the sun is shining in our lives or when life crashes down around us.