“There is no sincerer love than the love of food.”
–George Bernard Shaw
About a month and a half ago, I took four weeks off to visit family and friends who reside in another part of the world. It was a fun time adventuring with my family and reconnecting with my friends. Overall, it was a very enjoyable vacation. But although the time was pleasant, I have to admit that after four weeks of vacationing, I felt uneasy. I felt like something was deeply missing. And I know exactly what that was: meaningful work.
Don’t get me wrong, the time off was great. I probably needed the rest and recreation. I probably needed the break from work. And it was great to spend moments with my family who I hadn’t seen in a long while. But after four weeks of vacationing, I was definitely itching to get back to Canada to get some real work done. And for me, that specifically means advancing God’s kingdom in various ways here.
After four weeks of eating copious amounts of food, sightseeing, and meeting with old friends, I truly felt like something was still greatly missing. And what was significantly missing was accomplishing meaningful work—work that God has assigned for me to do. And so after my break, I was quite eager to embark once again on the assignment that God has entrusted to me as His servant. I now understand what Jesus meant when He said, “My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to accomplish his work” (John 4:34, ESV, emphasis added). That’s exactly how I feel about meaningful, God-ordained work. It’s like my food. Something that sustains and nourishes me. And that’s why after four weeks of vacationing, I felt tired and hungry. But I wasn’t tired and hungry on a physical level. In fact, I had way too much food during my time away. But I was tired and hungry on a missional level. I wanted to feast on the will of God and continue to pursue my assignment.
So what is the will of God? Let me give you the top 3 Biblical answers that will hopefully shape your understanding of your purpose and assignment in this world:
Love God with all your heart, mind, soul, and strength.
Love your neighbor as yourself.
Make disciples of all nations.
These three things should give shape to how we go about living in this world. To be clear, I’m not against having a vacation. I believe having some time off can be beneficial in refilling our limited energy reserves. But once those energy reserves are filled, it becomes high time for us to embark on the assignment that God has entrusted to us. And ultimately, that’s the kind of food that will sustain and nourish us on a daily basis.