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His Will, Finishing the Work, and Overnight Oats

I’m not much of a breakfast eater. For many years my first meal was lunch. This means that I typically worked out in a fasted state. A few weeks ago, I learned the importance of fueling my body for heavy lifting. I discovered that I needed to eat  1 gram of carbohydrates for every kilogram of my bodyweight, along with .5 grams of protein for every kilogram of bodyweight.  This meant I had to figure what I needed to eat to reach those numbers. I like to prepare the night before, so I found a combination of food that fits perfectly into the equation. As I thought more about this newfound data, it led me to today’s focus on His Will, Finishing the Work, and Overnight Oats.

“My food,” said Jesus, “is to do the will of Him who sent me and to finish His work. John 4:34

Spiritual Fuel

Jesus tells us that His food is doing the will of His Father. It’s not only doing the Father’s will, the food Jesus consumes, but it’s also finishing the work He came to do.  Could this be the formula I’ve been missing? Is the equation 1 part doing God’s will and 1 part completing the tasks He’s given me?

No matter how tempting it is, I know that I cannot reduce my life as a Christian into a mathematical formula. Instead, I must learn principles from Jesus as to how to eat well spiritually.  He is the Bread of Life that can feed our souls. He is the Living Water that quenches our thirst. His Word is the milk we need to satisfy our hunger and the meat that builds our spiritual muscles.  We will find our spiritual meal plan in the pages of His Word. May we eat and drink freely so that we grow strong enough to lift His name high, support one another, and finish the work He called us to do.

And in case you’re wondering, here is my recipe for Overnight Oats:

  • 1/2 cup Old Fashioned Oats
  • 1/2 cup liquid (milk or water)
  • 1/4 cup yogurt
  • 1 scoop of protein powder
  • 2 TBS chia seeds
  • 1 TBS nuts or seeds blend
  • Fruit for topping

Place the ingredients in a container with a lid, mix well, cover, and place in the fridge overnight.

Let’s Reflect

What spiritual food are you consuming regularly? How is your spiritual strength impacted by the time you spend in the Word? Take some time to pray and seek God’s will for your life and the strength needed to finish the work He’s called you to do.

Let’s Pray

Father God, may we come to You for our food. Your Word is the source of our spiritual power. May we eat and drink of Your Word each day and grow stronger in Your strength. In Jesus’ name, we pray, Amen.

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