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GROWING IN CHRIST

"Healthy Eating"

Date published: 12/14/2015
John 4:34 "My food," said Jesus, "is to do the will of Him who sent me and to finish His work.” (NIV)

John 17:4 “I have brought You glory on earth by completing the work You gave Me to do.” (NIV) 

   If you were to memorize any two verses in the Bible, these might be the two, because of how they bookended Jesus’ life. They show the purpose of Jesus’ ministry and the joyful completion of His work on earth. John 4:34 contains two important ingredients for having a successful Christian life: 1) Making your food to do God’s will. 2) Finishing His work.  If every Christian embraced these two ingredients, they would have the joy of finishing their life on earth knowing they had brought God glory by completing the work He had for them. Think of the joy of being able to look up to heaven at the end of your life with a satisfaction that you have done what God desired of you! 

     The road to having that satisfaction begins with a change of diet that swaps out the desires that currently feed your life with God’s desires. Instead of trying to find satisfaction by chasing every fleeting cultural whim, your life finds the real satisfaction in Matthew 6:33 as you thrive on doing God’s will, “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” (NIV) You find purpose in obedience instead of always trying to discern the gray areas of right and wrong as 1 John 2:5 says, “But if anyone obeys His Word, God's love is truly made complete in Him.” (NIV) Your entertainment no longer reflects the culture, but those things that reflect the fruit of the Spirit in Galatians 5:22-23a, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.” (NIV) Your relationships are no longer about getting and gaining, but as Philippians 2:3-4 says in helping and serving others, “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.”(NIV) It is this type of diet that satisfies the heart and allows you to do God’s will. 

   Living a life whose food is doing the will of God opens the door to His work in you. Your life will quickly be directed to those areas of work that allow God to work His will through you. It is this type work that brings glory to God. Chasing the world’s desires, fleeting relationships, and being consumed with your needs will quickly allow the world to consume your life to the point of hopelessness. Embracing God’s food, feeding your Spirit with His will, and embracing His work will glorify God.

2 Thessalonians 1:11-12 “With this in mind, we constantly pray for you, that our God may count you worthy of His calling, and that by His power He may fulfill every good purpose of yours and every act prompted by your faith. We pray this so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in Him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.” (NIV) 

Do you know someone who needs this message on being embracing God’s will? If so, forward this devotion to them as a blessing for their growth in Christ. 

Here are some Bible studies from Growing in Christ to help your transformative experience: “God’s Purpose For You” and “Knowing God’s Will.” 

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