Appetite and desire: What appeals to us? Things according to the flesh or things according to the Spirit?
4 The sluggard’s appetite is never filled, but the desires of the diligent are fully satisfied.
25 The righteous eat to their hearts’ content, but the stomach of the wicked goes hungry.
As Christians, our souls crave spiritual sustenance. We long for what the Lord Jesus called, “daily bread.” Let’s look at some passages:
11 Give us today our daily bread. Matthew 6:11
4 Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” Matthew 4:4 (Deut. 8:3)
31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” Matthew 6:31-33
Our focus is to be on our relationship with the Father. Jesus has made that relationship possible by sending His Spirit into our hearts. We are no longer residents of this kingdom, but residents of His Kingdom. We are to be retraining our minds to think His way about things instead of how a natural person thinks of things. We are called to a higher purpose!
4 So, my brothers and sisters, you also died to the law through the body of Christ, that you might belong to another, to him who was raised from the dead, in order that we might bear fruit for God. Romans 7:4
4 We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life. Romans 6:4
Because of what Christ has done for us and because of our faith in Him (trusting Him for everything), we are called to a new mission in life rather than running after this life’s “worries, riches and pleasures.”
28 We proclaim Him, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom [supplied by Him], so that we may present everyone fully mature in Christ [even as He does us; see Jude 24]. 29 To this end I [we] strenuously contend with all the energy Christ so powerfully works in me [us]. Colossians 1:28-29
Let’s be about the Father’s business today. Rather than build up our earthly lives, let’s pour our energy into building up His kingdom. This is the “bread” of which the Lord Jesus spoke in John 4:32-34.
Abba, we ask for our daily bread, that You will supply in abundance. May we seek first Your kingdom and Your righteousness; may we hunger and thirst after You, learning all we can about You in Your revealed Word. Speak to our hearts, Lord Jesus, making us aware of Your kingdom all around us. We are Yours. Help us to focus on You and Your work. Amen.