“In the meantime His disciples urged Him, saying, “Rabbi, eat.” But He said to them, “I have food to eat of which you do not know.” (John 4:31-32, NKJV)
I love food. I need only look in the mirror to see the evidence. The disciples also loved food. That’s why they left Jesus at a well in Samaria while they picked up some lunch. Jesus was on a different kind of mission. A Samaritan woman with a trail of broken relationships came to the well where Jesus was resting. What happened next is a marvelous study of effective evangelism. Not only was the woman made a believer, but she spread the news to her entire community.
When the disciples returned they urged their Teacher to eat. But Jesus already had lunch. Sharing the gift of God with this broken woman was all the food that He needed. The expression of joy in her face beat anything the disciples could have brought back from the market.
Last night we fed local children, youth and adults in our mall with over 100 hotdogs, chips and soda. Those who helped us serve were overjoyed. Several young people came inside to check out our youth group. A random act of kindness made acquaintances who will hopefully become friends. When it was all done we just had to give God thanks. The Lord was there in those smiling faces and in the joy in our hearts to share. It was the best meal I’ve had in a long time!
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