The Most Fulfilling Diet Plan Ever

Meanwhile the disciples were urging him, saying, "Rabbi, eat." But he said to them, "I have food to eat that you do not know about." So the disciples said to one 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. — John 4:31-34

So remember, the disciples missed the entire dialogue between Jesus and the Samaritan woman because they were off looking for food. And I am sure this might have been a difficult task because they would have had to find kosher food (food that would have been appropriate for Jews to eat). But it appears they do find food. And when they return, Jesus does not immediately consume it. So they urge him to eat, probably because he appears weak and exhausted.

But his response is interesting. He transitions immediately to his spiritual priorities. He's not over-spiritualizing. He is simply declaring that there is a reason they have come through Samaria, and the reason is not just to pass through it, which is what most Jews did. They wanted to get through it as fast as possible. But not Jesus. So he is trying to show his disciples that there is a reason for the trip and the harvest is here, not there.

We all get stuck in this mentality sometimes. We believe that "there," out "there in the future," something significant will happen. And because we are so fixated on this, we miss the fulfillment of the present. I experienced this a lot as a father. I cannot recount how many times I wanted my kids to get past one stage and to the next seeking the relief of that event, moment, or stage out there in the future. And sometimes, this caused me to miss the joy and fulfillment of the present moment. And we can do this in marriage, our career, or anything. I have seen a lot of men declare this about ministry. That they cannot wait till they retire and can spend more time doing God's work. And honestly, I am sick and tired of hearing that. Right now, with all your influence in your present workplace, it is the best place to influence the world spiritually.

This is what Jesus wants these guys to see. That ministry is not out there but is right here and now. That opportunities for spiritual fulfillment are all around us if we take the time to look.

So do that today. Look around you. Adjust your priorities. See the spiritual opportunity. Because fulfillment is not out there, it is right here.

ASK THIS: Are you ready for fulfillment?

DO THIS: Pray for opportunities and see the events of your life spiritually.

PRAY THIS: God, show me the spiritual opportunities I already have.

PLAY THIS: Grave Into Gardens.

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13 thoughts on “The Most Fulfilling Diet Plan Ever

  1. Marko says:

    Thank you Brother Vince for the message and challenge. My wife is holding me appropriately accountable in my retirement to spend more time with her doing daily readings and praying together. My witnessing in my former profession was challenging since I was a federal employee but I still used the opportunities given me to live my faith openly and share directly with folks in certain one on one conversations. As the environment changed rapidly with the new woke agenda, I found I could not longer be a federal manager and live my faith the way Jesus called me to so I moved into the next phase of life.

    • Paul says:

      Wow! Vince you always seem to bring something I’ve never even thought about out of scripture everyday!! Thank you!!!

  2. Rich Thomas says:

    Amen Vince! What makes us think we will somehow do more things for God in retirement than we can right now! Our time we have will not stop God from doing what He wants to do in a willing heart!

  3. Sheldon says:

    Amen Vince truly fulfilment is not out there, it is right here. My prayer is that we would take advantage of every opportunity presented with today.

  4. Bob Maixner says:

    All about the present. Today is the day the Lord has made! MIH (Make it Happen!).

  5. Don rigazio says:

    Good morning men of Jesus. I have to say that Vince was on it this morning. I don’t know if you guys are aware of the revival that started last Wednesday morning on the 8th at Asbury college in Wilmore Ky. I experienced it first hand on Saturday and all I can say is that it was life changing. I confessed my sins prayed with someone I did not know and worshiped with complete strangers for several hours. I even sang songs I never heard and yet the words were at the tip of my tongue. I’ve shared this with whoever wants to listen and still going strong . We as society have needed this for so long and low and behold it’s happening right here in “PO-DUNK “ Kentucky. My how God reaches us in the strangest of ways. Please pray for the continuation of this revival and for it to spread across the country and world. We need it….

    • Michael says:

      Good Morning Don,
      I am so amazed on how God comes into our lives during these challenging times to inspire so many people. I have been watching this story and pray that this will spread around the world to inspire more revival.

    • Dennis Burk says:

      I’ve been watching this revival online. How beautiful, and much needed.
      Our city is hosting meetings, and I pray they will begin a revival. I’m unable to go because of Covid, and pray that clears up quickly. (I’m not ill, just been exposed.

  6. Damien says:

    Thankyou for the Devo and challenge today.

    Our charge to love for the Lord is not out there…. It’s right here right now. I needed that this morning. Thankyou

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