Jesus could have used any number of different things to illustrate His desire to do the will of the One who sent Him, but He chose food. Why?
Because food sustains us. Food strengthens us. Food refreshes us. Without food, we will weaken, then grow sick and eventually die. We cannot call ourselves living beings and deny ourselves the very thing that keeps us alive.
And so it is with our spiritual lives. We can hardly call ourselves spiritually alive if we refuse the very thing that feeds our spirit: obedience to Jesus Christ.
Jesus calls us to not only do His will, but to accomplish His work here on the earth. But what is His will? What work does He desire for us to complete? It is to fulfill the Great Commission. It is to go into all the world and preach the Gospel, making disciples of all nations, and baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Jesus then compares accomplishing His work to a great harvest. The seed of the Gospel has been sown in the world and now we are called to come along and reap the fruit of someone else’s labor.
But the cool part is that we are not only gathering fruit, we have entered into their labor and receiving wages for work they have done.
Remember the parable of the workers in Matthew 20? The first workers were called at 6am and agreed to work all day for a denarius. Others were called at 9am to work all day for “what was right,” others were called at noon to work all day for “what was right,” others were called at 3pm to work all day for “what was right,” and finally, still others were called at 5pm to work all day for “what was right.” When they were called to be paid at 6pm, the last were paid first and were given a denarius, one day’s wages. When the first workers were to be paid, the ones who had been there since 6am, they expected more, but were paid the same, one denarius. They were upset, but the master emphasized his generosity with the last workers who were called.
Even though we have been called in these last days to fulfill the Great Commission, God, like the master in the parable, desires to be generous with us and we will receive the same as those who labored for the Work of Christ in the centuries before us, because we have entered into their labor with them!
There is food for all to eat. The buffet is set for us, if we know where to look. We need to seek out our family, our friends, our coworkers, and even the strangers we see every day who need the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Our labor will not be in vain! We can be satisfied!
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.”