Last night was pasta night at my house, and I love pasta night. My wife prepared homemade sauce, meatballs, salad, and some chicken strips for her husband who is on a perpetual diet…
I ate a large salad and three chicken strips, hoping to curb my appetite. It didn’t work. I then ate an obscene amount of pasta and meatballs, receiving glancing looks of disgust from my wife and children as I blazed a trail from my chair to the food…
As I considered the events of last night I began to draw some parallels to ministry. I believe that we also often try to find a replacement for what we truly crave. We will often find something else to consume our time and life, like: sports, movies, television, pornography, drugs, etc.
John 4:34 reads,
Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to finish His work.
Jesus knew what it meant to be satisfied. Satisfaction is in doing the will of the Father, not in the distractions that we too often give ourselves to.
Regarding this verse, the great missionary J. Hudson Taylor said, “The real secret of an unsatisfied life lies too often in an unsurrendered will.”
Let’s commit that this week will be the beginning of our surrender to what truly satisfies.