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Hunger to Do God’s Will


We have all had occasions when we were so busy we missed a meal. Either we had no time to eat, or we were so engrossed in activity that we forgot to take the time. Usually, however, we make regular meals our priority.

The same was true for the disciples. They had been purchasing food in the village while Jesus waited at the well. Upon their return, they were shocked to find Him in deep conversation with the Samaritan woman (v. 27). Their surprise may have been twofold. Perhaps like the woman herself, they were surprised to find Jesus talking with a despised Samaritan. They may have been surprised further to find that it was a woman. Despite their amazement, they did not question Jesus about His reasons. Maybe they were too focused on their own hunger.

When the woman left in a hurry, the disciples urged Jesus to eat. Jesus answered, “I have food to eat that you know nothing about” (v. 32). The disciples interpreted His statement literally, as the Samaritan woman had done with His statement about water. But Jesus soon corrected their thinking. Although Jesus needed to eat like everyone else, He was energized by a desire to complete His mission. He was also sustained by God’s power. As Jesus and His followers talked, the crowd from the village came into view. Like a field ready to be harvested, their hearts had been prepared by the testimony of the Samaritan woman (v. 38).

Many people today have hearts ready to respond to this message. They are waiting for someone to share it with them. Each of us has a role to play in this task. Some are involved in sowing the seed by sharing the message while others bring in the harvest.

Apply the Word

You do not have to look far to find your field—it is in your home, neighborhood, or place of work. Is there someone with whom you would like to share the gospel? Questions are often a good way to begin. You might begin with this one: “Are you interested in spiritual things?” Pray that God will give you an opportunity today.

BY Dr. John Koessler

Dr. John Koessler, who retired as professor emeritus from Moody Bible Institute, formerly served in the division of applied theology and church ministry. John and his wife Jane enjoy living in a lakeside town in Michigan. A prolific writer, John’s books include The Radical Pursuit of Rest (InterVarsity), The Surprising Grace of Disappointment (Moody), and True Discipleship (Moody). John is a contributing editor and columnist for Today in the Word.

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