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I Have Food To Eat

John 4:32

But he said to them, “I have food to eat that you know nothing about.”

OK – how many diets have we tried? How many times have we tried to lose weight in our lifetime? If any of our readers have tried diets that worked – I would love for you to share them. Diets – crash diets – work if you stick to them – but when you cheat or go off the diet – unless you have changed your eating habits – the weight will return.

What are your favorite foods? What are your comfort foods? I enjoy ice cream. I enjoy pizza. I enjoy Snicker bars. I enjoy apple pie – with ice cream of course. I know – none of these will help me lose weight. I just thought I would share what I enjoyed – food wise.

I once read the following – eat to live – don’t live to eat. What that means is eat enough to stay alive – don’t stay alive in order to eat more.

Eating is a lifetime event. We need to eat in order to live. We need substance in order to produce energy. The issue is the way foods are produced or preserved these days. Chemicals and such are added to food and this makes the food unhealthy. Several diets going around recommend that we only eat natural foods. This is a good idea – but an expensive idea for sure.

Today’s passage is about eating. Here is today’s passage in partial context. John 4:27–38 – 27 Just then his disciples returned and were surprised to find him talking with a woman. But no one asked, “What do you want?” or “Why are you talking with her?” 28 Then, leaving her water jar, the woman went back to the town and said to the people, 29 “Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did. Could this be the Messiah?” 30 They came out of the town and made their way toward him. 31 Meanwhile his disciples urged him, “Rabbi, eat something.” 32 But he said to them, “I have food to eat that you know nothing about.” 33 Then his disciples said to each other, “Could someone have brought him food?” 34 “My food,” said Jesus, “is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work. 35 Don’t you have a saying, ‘It’s still four months until harvest’? I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest. 36 Even now the one who reaps draws a wage and harvests a crop for eternal life, so that the sower and the reaper may be glad together. 37 Thus the saying ‘One sows and another reaps’ is true. 38 I sent you to reap what you have not worked for. Others have done the hard work, and you have reaped the benefits of their labor.”

Maybe – just maybe – if we focused more on Jesus – we could be satisfied with less physical food because we would be eating more spiritual food. Maybe we would be filled with the presence of Jesus and not need the comfort foods we eat when we are depressed or anxious. Jesus said – I have food to eat that you know nothing about. Let’s seek after this food rather than the food that makes us fat!

Just something for us to think about today as we go on our way.

October 24, 2017 - Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, Fast, From the Pastor, Leadership, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

1 Comment »

  1. so true

    Like

    Comment by Richard Reynnells | October 24, 2017 | Reply


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