What Is Your Meat?
“I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do.” – John 17:4
Our human capital crisis is deep and on many levels. The devil is dealing with Africa by getting young people confused about the purpose of life, flushing passion away in the water of confusion and disillusionment, replacing it with fickle emotions and vain fantasies.
My boss said that.
Frankly, he isn’t wrong. The context of our conversation centered around people’s indifference to non-incentivized causes or tasks, about the futility of delegation, even when the reach of impact is quantifiably huge. The world is in search of people, real, good people who can serve. But service is a consequence of a life steeped in purpose, of people who are indeed not confused about the purpose of life. Of course, I understand the danger of the attachment syndrome; that overt, excessive, possibly blind, devotion people have to gifts than to the giver. In this context, to vision or ministry or purpose as opposed to the Lord who gives them all – after all, no man can receive nothing except it is given to him from above. However, to live uncertain of our own essence is to be easily flapped by every dazzling sights and sounds.
The measure of our life is in what defines us – our focus, hopes, drive and faith, and that’s more than just living.
In the past week, a friend of mine shared a picture that captures her life’s trajectory. With a caption that read, “My Vision”, she listed: Advising World Leaders, Raising Godly Seed, Building Infrastructure and Healing The Sick. Like she framed in her daily confession, her purpose is simply to execute God’s will on earth as it is in heaven. But it was the opening phrase that stuck out: “I am set in the course in which I must follow…”
There is an impact that can only respond to the power of focus.
The power of focus is stayed on the need to end well.
We glorify God on earth when we complete our divine assignments here. We are not created to just add to the numbers here. We are set apart for kingdom difference, for a specific work. The interesting points in the Bible verse, John 17:4, are self-evident:
- God is the one who gives the task to do here on earth. So, if you don’t know or have a relationship with him, you have apparently not been living at all.
- It is not enough to know what your task it or even start it. The glory is in finishing. You must complete that task. Remember that the end of a thing is better than the beginning, yeah? That’s still true.
Let this ring deep into the inner recesses of your soul. Don’t be a hopper; a flippant, frigid, facetious fly, good at jumping at causes and ideas, but lacking the courage, enthusiasm and efficiency to see it through. There is honour in completing a task or seeing a project through. Don’t be contented being a believer who leaves a project halfway or half done.
Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work (KJV)
“My food,” said Jesus, “is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work.” (NIV) – John 4:34
Don’t you just love Jesus? He knew he was SENT here. He was on an assignment. He understood that meat was nothing compared to the urgency of his mission. He understood that there is a greater satisfaction in fulfilling his ministry than it is in wining and dining. He looked at life, placed it on that metaphoric plain of nutritional value and said: if meat is to satisfy my hunger, I have a deeper hunger to satisfy. That’s passion. If meat is needed for me to survive, I look elsewhere to find the strength to live. That’s purpose.
What was Jesus’ food?
To DO God’s will.
To FINISH His work.
That was the summation of His life’s thrust on earth.
So, I ask you, What Is Your Own Meat?