"My food is to do the will of Him who sent me ..." (John 4:34)

"My food," said Jesus, "is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work." (John 4:34)

Is this Jesus' central mission?

This key statement by Jesus defines his central mission and his prime directive. It also clearly defines who Jesus is, spoken by Jesus himself.

With this statement, Jesus clearly defines himself as God's servant and representative. "My food is to do the will of Him who sent me" means that Jesus identified himself as a 1) God's servant and 2) God's messenger.

Does doing someone's will mean serving them?

If someone does someone else's will, then they are that person's servant. If they do the person's will out of freedom and love, then they are that person's loving servant. This was Jesus' role: God's loving servant.

The concept of being someone's servant bothers many of us. Why? Because we don't want to be someone else's servant. We don't want to do someone else's will. We want to be the king of our lives. We want to do what we want. We want to please ourselves. We want to have pleasure.

And even many who claim to represent and follow Jesus actually enable this consciousness. They want us to use Jesus to get what we want. These sectarian teachers tell us to pray to Jesus to make me wealthy and successful. They even teach us to pray to Jesus to help our football team win. In other words, they want Jesus and ultimately God to be our servants.

Was Jesus God's servant?

Yes, this is what Jesus is admitting to here. To do someone else's will means to serve them. Jesus saw himself as God's servant.

He is teaching by example to be God's servant. Furthermore, Jesus is teaching that God sent him. This makes Jesus God's messenger and representative.

If someone says that someone has sent them, then they are representing the person who sent them. They become the sender's messenger. This means that Jesus is God's representative and messenger.

The fact that Jesus is mentioning food also means that Jesus is thriving from His service to God. This is his pleasure. This is what Jesus enjoys. Jesus is not focused on his own pleasure. He wants to please the Supreme Being. Jesus confirmed this simply in another statement:
"... for I seek not to please myself but Him who sent me." (John 5:30)
This is not such a foreign notion to most of us. Most of us have experienced at some point "falling in love" with another person. While "falling in love" is but a tiny glimpse of love for God, from it we find that there is a kind of pleasure in loving and caring for someone else besides myself. Why?

Is this our nature?

By nature, we are lovers and caregivers. We are by nature not master. We are caregivers. We were created by the Supreme Being to love and serve Him.

But because the Supreme Being wants an exchange of true love, he also gave us the freedom to love Him or not. Without the freedom not to love God, how could we truly love Him?

This is the reason we are here in this temporary physical world: We are the ones that chose not to love Him. We are the ones that rejected our loving relationship with the Supreme Being. And because we wanted to be independent of Him - He kindly gave us a dimension where we could pretend He doesn't exist. A place where we could focus on ourselves and pretend to the bosses and masters, even though we aren't.

One might compare this to parents who give a child their own room so the child could get away from the parents sometimes. The child can close the door and play alone without the parents. But this doesn't mean the child is independent of the parents. It also doesn't mean that the child is now the boss of the house. It just means the parents gave the child the freedom to exercise some independence.

Doesn't this mean that Jesus is not God?

If someone does someone else's will, there are obviously two individuals involved, each with their own will. One who does another's will is subjecting themselves to the other out of choice. In this case, out of love.

The interpretation that Jesus is God was born from those organizations that sought to gain authority by virtue of exclusivity. This is a product of politics, not service to God.

To claim that the loving servant of God is God is to forget God. This is offensive to both Jesus and God. This is why Jesus said:
“Not everyone who says to me ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.” (Matt. 7:21)