In the mean while his disciples prayed him, saying, Master, eat. But he said unto them, I have meat to eat that ye know not of. Therefore said the disciples one to another, Hath any man brought him ought to eat? Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work.
The disciples were genuinely concerned for Jesus, he had been on a journey and must have been very tired. Traveling in those days is definitely not as luxurious as it is now therefore it is understandable if they feel he should have been wanting to prioritize food and rest having travelled from Judea and making a stop in Samaria on their way to Galilee.
They had left him for a while in order to get food in town and the time he had was an opportunity to reach a people that would have been difficult for them to reach with the message of salvation due to an age long cultural animosity. The Samaritans and the Jews don’t get along so it took a genuine conviction from one of them whom Jesus told all that has ever happened to her maritally even though they were meeting for the first time. Once she believed, she became the magnet that drew others in the community to Christ and eventually salvation.
Looking at it from this angle then you will understand Jesus perspective, he knew his comfort is never ever to be prioritised over the salvation of souls which is what he came to the earth for. Therefore, he got to work immediately not minding the tiredness he must be feeling in his body. The result he got was definitely more satisfying than any meat he could have taken.
There will genuine concerns that would want to distract us from our core assignments and make us choose comfort over impact. We must resist this fiercely relying on the power of the holy spirit to choose our priorities wisely. Thank God he doesn’t leave us without help, therefore there are doors he will not open unto us because he knows it is going to take our focus away from what is important. May we receive the grace to stay true to our calling. Shalom!.