John 4:32-34 - Sowing Spiritual Seeds.

John 4:32-34 (NKJV) But He said to them, "I 
have food to eat of which you do not know." 
Therefore the disciples said to one another, "Has 
anyone brought Him anything to eat?" Jesus said to 
them, "My food is to do the will of Him who sent 
Me, and to finish His work.  

John 4:32-34 (CWR) He said to them, 
Ive been eating while you were gone, and you 
have no idea how good it tasted. The disciples 
said to each other, Do you think that someone 
brought Him something to eat while we were gone? 
Jesus, over hearing their conversation, said, 
The food Im talking about is the happiness 
that comes from doing Gods will and 
accomplishing what He sent me to do. 


Context: Jesus and the Samaritan woman at 
the well. 

The "food" about which Jesus was speaking 
was his spiritual nourishment. It includes more 
than Bible study, prayer, and attending church. 
Spiritual nourishment also comes from doing God's will 
and helping to bring his work of salvation to 
completion. We are nourished not only by what we take 
in, but also by what we give out for God. [Life 
Application SB] 


Sowing Spiritual Seeds
   Think about everything that contributed 
to the story of how you came to know Christ as 
your Lord and Savior. It's probably not possible 
to fully count all those spiritual seeds that 
God used to draw you to Him. And not all the 
people who sowed good seed into your life knew what 
the outcome would be. 
   We also have the opportunity and 
privilege - every single day - of sowing seeds into 
the lives of others, such as our friends, 
co-workers, children, grandchildren, or even strangers. 
God takes what you plant and adds to it. He 
leads others to sow further seed or "water" the 
ground. Little by little, truth gets cultivated in 
their lives. What greater thing could you do? 
   Conversely, you might focus on providing 
your kids with plenty of material security and 
send them to the best schools and colleges - and 
yet it would count nothing for eternity. But 
when you sow into their lives the things of God 
and the qualities of Jesus, you're feeding their 
spirits. The seeds that affect their hearts, view of 
God, and desire to make a difference for Him in 
the world are what will produce genuine, lasting 
fruit and a great harvest in their lives. Whether 
or not you ever see the results, the Lord is 
using you profoundly when you sow this kind of 
   God sees all the little things you do; 
He's interested in more than just "big" things. 
The fruit of His Spirit - such as kindness, 
patience, and self-control - often manifests itself in 
quiet ways that others may never give you credit 
for. But such spiritual seeds accomplish powerful 
work in His kingdom. [In Touch Daily Devotional 
by Charles Stanley at www.intouch.org] 


   Jesus and the disciples had been 
traveling, and He was tired. So He sat down by a well 
to rest while the disciples went into town to 
buy food. When the disciples came back, Jesus 
was apparently reenergized. They kept offering 
Him food, but He wasn't hungry anymore. "I have 
food you don't know about," He told them. Then He 
began two days' worth of ministry in the town 
where they had stopped to rest.  
   Jesus wasn't refreshed simply by doing 
more work. That's an exhausting way to try to 
live. He wasn't refreshed by getting back in touch 
with the Spirit, as though He had been out of 
touch before. No, the Spirit was fully present in 
Jesus at all times. But when the Spirit manifested 
the work of God through Jesus in an encounter 
with a woman at the well, He was energized. 
That's what happens when the Presence gets stirred 
up. We get filled with His enthusiasm and 
   We've all experienced the boost of energy 
that comes when something captures our interest. 
But we aren't used to thinking of God - or Jesus 
or the Spirit - as having various levels of 
enthusiasm. He seems to be above such swells of emotion. 
It's hard to understand His fire rising and 
falling with certain ideas and events.  
   Scripture is clear that God has zeal for 
specific purposes and plans (Isaiah 9:7; 37:32). And 
when we line up with God's purposes for us, we're 
reenergized too. That's why it's essential to notice the 
passions God has put within you. That's where He has 
designed you to work and build His Kingdom. Your food 
is to do His will, and whatever His will is for 
you, it will refresh you.  
   Father, I know my food is to do Your 
will. Please fill me with the right passions and 
then refresh me as I live from my heart for Your 
purposes. [The One Year Experiencing Gods Presence 
Devotional by Chris Tiegreen] 

   Throughout Jesus ministry, we see a 
marked difference between His priorities and the 
concerns of His disciples. The disciples were often 
preoccupied with how to meet their physical needs (Mt 
14:15"17; John 4:8; Lu 18:28). Jesus repeatedly 
assured them that the Father knew their needs and 
would provide (Lu 11:11"13). Jesus stressed that 
their priority was to seek first the kingdom of 
God and His righteousness; the necessities of 
daily life would be provided (Mt 6:33). 
   When Jesus spoke to the woman at the 
well, His disciples had gone into a nearby town to 
get food. While His disciples were seeking 
earthly nourishment, Jesus was giving this woman 
living water that would satisfy her soul for 
eternity. When they returned, the disciples urged 
Jesus to eat. He replied that His food was 
to do the will of His Father. Since their 
attention was on earthly matters, His disciples 
misunderstood His reply. Jesus very life came from 
obeying His Father. Because of Jesus obedience 
that day, the woman received eternal life. In her 
excitement, she brought many others to Jesus to hear for 
themselves, and many believed that He was indeed the 
Christ, the Savior of the world (John 4:39"42). 
   The apostle Paul understood what Jesus 
had been teaching His disciples. When Paul wrote 
to the believers in Rome, he stressed that 
the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, 
but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy 
Spirit. For he who serves Christ in these things is 
acceptable to God and approved by men (Ro 
   When Satan tempted Jesus to turn stones 
into bread, Jesus quoted the Scriptures, 
summarizing the focus of His life and ministry: Know 
that man shall not live by bread alone; but man 
lives by every word that proceeds from the mouth 
of the Lord (De 8:3). [Experiencing God Day 
by Day by Henry and Richard Blackaby re John 


   Jesus had just finished ministering when 
his disciples realized their Master had not 
eaten in a while. Never one to miss a teaching 
opportunity, Christ said, "I have food to eat that you 
know nothing about" (John 4:32). Now, if your 
mind is a bit odd like mine, you might imagine 
the disciples thinking, You've got food we know 
nothing about? Maybe some of those new fig-and-olive 
power bars under your robe? Do you have pockets in 
there? Sneaking lamb kabobs from the temple 
   Maybe we're not so weird after all, 
because the disciples also took the Lord's response 
literally. "Could someone have brought him food?" they 
asked (John 4:33). But Jesus was talking about 
something much more substantive than lunch. Basically, 
he told them, "My food is to serve God. My food 
is to please him. My food is to complete the 
assignment that God sent me to do. My food is to do the 
will of my Father and to finish his work? 
   God wants us to contribute rather than to 
consume. When all of culture says, "fill yourself," 
God tells us to fill others. He didn't create us 
to be takers. Our Father created us to be 
givers. Rather than focusing on our self-centered 
desires, God calls us to focus on the needs of 
others. Instead of culling to the front of the line, 
God calls us to wait at the end. 
   He created you to serve.
   I hunger for your Word, Lord, and I want 
to serve those around me like the example of 
your Son. Today let my food be the satisfaction 
that comes from serving you and putting others 
above myself. [Daily Power by Craig Groeschel] 


The conversion of a needy sinner had been 
food for Christs soul, [Jamieson, Fausset, And 
Brown Commentary] 

The eager response of the woman was more 
refreshing to the soul of Jesus than food would have 
been to His body. [SDA Bible Commentary] 

If we are clothed with the righteousness of 
Christ and are filled with the joy of His 
indwelling Spirit, we shall not be able to hold our 
peace. If we have tasted and seen that the Lord is 
good we shall have something to tell. SC78 


John 6:35 - Filling Up On The Bread Of Life, 


John 17:3 - A Supreme Relationship with 
Jesus Christ is Eternal Life. 


1 John 5:11, 12 - ETERNAL LIFE IS A 



If anyone has a paraphrase, commentary or 
testimony on this passage of Scripture, either 
personal or otherwise, I would be interested in 
hearing from you.  Thanks in advance and let's keep 
uplifting Jesus that all might be drawn to Him. Fred 


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