I have been thinking about food a lot lately.
I love food, and eating great food, just as much as most people. So, yeah, part of my thought allocation lies here continuously. In addition however, I am one of these weirdo’s that spends unusual time fretting over what I put into my body – and tweaking that formula of “fuel” on a regular basis.
Recently, I adopted a new lifestyle of eating, commonly called a Paleo or Primal diet. In doing so, I’ve spent more than customary time researching, shopping, cooking and experimenting – food.
Thus…I’ve been thinking about food a lot lately.
As Jesus would have it, He never wastes an opportunity to show me something of Himself relative to what He and I are doing or immersed in Together at the time.
And so He has me thinking about Food a lot lately.
But don’t be so concerned about perishable things like food. Spend your energy seeking the eternal life that the Son of Man can give you. (John 6:27)
Jesus’ disciples had just seen Him feed 5,000 people on a couple loaves of bread and a few fish, and were later looking for Him – not for Him, but for more of the “food” they had been provided. Jesus of course knew their hearts, and corrected them – exhorting them to set their hearts (and bellies) on things eternal, and not on that which spoils.
He is still telling us this today.
In a world that is obsessed with eating and drinking, Jesus knew that perhaps food would come second only to money and possessions in the battle for our heart’s affections – over Him.
But the Kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of Righteousness, Peace and Joy in the Holy Spirit. (Paul in Romans 14:17)
The Romans were bickering over which foods were clean to eat or not, and Paul plainly tells them just as Jesus told His disciples, “You’re missing the whole Enchilada!”
Jesus Christ is Righteousness. Jesus Christ is Peace. Jesus Christ is Joy. He is our Food, the “Bread of Life,” and He is calling us to feast.
I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry again. Whoever believes in me will never be thirsty. (Jesus – John 6:35)
I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Anyone who eats this bread will live forever; and this bread, which I will offer so the world may live, is my flesh. (Verse 51)
I tell you the truth, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you cannot have eternal life within you. But anyone who eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise that person at the last day. For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink. Anyone who eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me, and I in him. I live because of the living Father who sent me; in the same way, anyone who feeds on me will live because of me. (Verses 53-57)
I am concerned that Christendom as a majority has rejected our seat at the Table of the Feast that has been prepared for us – and have too readily settled for crackers.
We are gorging ourselves with food that spoils while Jesus has offered Himself as Eternal Sustenance.
We bicker about “small potatoes” in matters of church and doctrine while Jesus has prepared Himself on a platter as Righteousness, Peace and Joy.
We have settled for a “watered down” Christianity of spectator-styled, check-off-the-list Sunday’s and a “bland” Christ made into a mascot of good behavior; while Jesus Christ has come to give us LIFE – His Divine, Eternal, Indwelling LIFE!
The Feast is eternally prepared before us…yet we choose to eat crackers.
So, friend, what are you eating? Do you find yourself scrounging around for crumbs under the table? Or are you seated with the King, in your personal place of honor…feasting?
What do you eat?
Or, more appropriately…Who?