John 4 Lesson

The Greatest Commandment

Jesus’ focus and determination to do what He came to do is evident in John 4:34 when He says:

My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me and to accomplish His work.”

Jesus is our perfect example and we do well to try and be like Him. Like Jesus, our focus should be on our heavenly Father and keeping His commandments, all of them.

That is a big thought to get our arms around. To simplify things, we will look at how Jesus responded when He was asked what the greatest commandment in the Law is. He said, 

“‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’This is the great and foremost commandment.The second is like it, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets.”– Mathew 22:37-40.

How do we love God?

By keeping His commandments. 

Jesus said in John 14:15: 

“If you love Me, keep My commandments.” 

To be more like Jesus, our energy should be focused on learning God's commandments and keeping them.  Loving our neighbor means that we take time to get to know them.  Remember, people do not care how much we know, until they know how much we care. 

Also in chapter 4, John writes about the story of the Samaritan woman drawing water at the well. Jesus knew all about her, but she did not know about Him. He responds to her with compassion, not judgment.  Jesus teaches her how the water that He can give her can become:

“A well of water springing up to eternal life.” – John 4:14.

The woman responds and says in verse 15:

“Sir, give me this water, so I will not be thirsty nor come all the way here to draw.” 

God gives us the Bible to tell us what He wants us to do, and He gives us the Holy Spirit to “feel” it. Satan does not like that, so there is conflict. Satan is constantly trying to tempt us with earthly pleasures that are contrary to God’s commandments. As it says in 1 Peter 5:8:

“Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.”

The good news is that if we resist the Devil, he will flee from us.

“Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” – James 4:7.

It comes down to our priorities. God demands that we put Him first.  Just like with the Samaritan woman at the well, Jesus is aware of all that we need.  He will help us with His amazing grace if we put Him first and allow Him to work in our lives.   

We will conclude today’s lesson with the following words spoken by Jesus.  The words of our Savior remind us of what our priorities should be:

“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” – Mathew 6:33.


Dan W

When you get so busy teaching God's Word or ministering to others that you forget to eat, you can relate to Jesus' comment, "My food is to do the will of Him who sent my and to accomplish His work." (John 4:34). Those are good times. May all of God's servants have many more of those days.