Dietitians and nutritionists have this common saying that goes like this, “You are what you eat”. Dr. Gillian McKeith wrote a very popular book titled, You are what you Eat. It became a bestseller and sold over 2 million copies. Apparently, it changed how we think today about food and nutrition.
It is very evident from the obesity spikes that our generation really exemplifies this truth. We are the most obese generation that has ever walked the face of the earth. At least that’s what the experts say. Now the health community has discovered a new disorder called orthorexia.
Orthorexia is an emotionally disturbed, self-punishing relationship with food that involves a progressively shrinking universe of foods deemed acceptable. A gradual constriction of many other dimensions of life occurs so that thinking about healthy food can become the central theme of almost every moment of the day, the sword and shield against every kind of anxiety, and the primary source of self-esteem, value and meaning. This may result in social isolation, psychological disturbance and even, possibly, physical harm. http://www.orthorexia.com
This main premise of this article is basically this – that the search for healthy eating can become unhealthy.
Can you believe it? We could then deduce that if you eat too much you will become unhealthy and if you are obsessed with eating healthily you will become unhealthy. Nothing in this world is in its correct balance since Adam fell in the garden.
In my opinion, very few gym trainers will tell you the truth about what to eat because if they did they’d lose customers. If your diet is out of control, no amount of exercise will trim that mid-section. No ways!
I love a good meal. I really do. You should hear me making noises at the table when Jenny dishes out a good meal. Oh man. Her beef curries and chicken biryani are the bomb. I usually eat my heart out. Over the years, I had been known as a “big eater” a tag I hated but now fully embrace when I discovered the truth about grace.
Eating is a bible thing. Eating is at the center of our faith that’s for sure. It runs throughout the Old and New Testaments.
Adam’s first words that he heard from God were these, “from any tree of the garden you may eat freely. (Genesis 2:16) His first instructions were to EAT from the tree of life. Notice the emphasis? FREELY.
Abraham and Lot
On the eve of the exodus from Egypt, the nation of Israel was commanded by God to eat the roasted lamb, matzoh bread and bitter herbs. (Exodus 12:8)
In their wilderness journeys, the nation of Israel ate manna and quail. (Exodus 16:15, Numbers 11:31-32) God told the nation of Israel that when they get to Canaan they were going to eat food until they are satisfied. (Deuteronomy 8:9)
When Moses was invited up Mt. Sinai to receive the Ten Commandments him, Aaron, Nadab and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel ate in the presence of God. (Exodus 24:11)
Even God himself eats. What? What does he eat? God called the sacrifices and offerings that the Jews brought to the high priest as My food. (Numbers 28:2)
Before Saul was crowned king, he ate with Samuel at the table. (1 Samuel 9:24) Mephibosheth was invited to eat continually at David’s table. (2 Samuel 9:13) Now it makes sense why David said He prepares a table for me in the presence of my enemies. (Psalm 23:5)
What? yes they do. Psalms 78:24-25.
Eating is a very Jesus thing.
Jesus loves to eat. Jesus loves a feast. The parable in Luke 14:15-24 is indicative of that. Jesus was angry because He had prepared a feast and had invited some to come and eat and party with him. Each one of them gave excuses as to why they would not attend. Everything had been prepared and all they needed to do was show up.
Jesus was accused of eating with sinners and publicans (Matthew 11:19) Think of this, the religious elite never accused him of fasting because fasting is considered a “spiritual” thing. Jesus was even questioned about why his disciples didn’t fast like Pharisees did. His response was amazing. As long as the bridegroom is around, hey it’s eating time. (Matthew 9:14-15)
Hell is for sinners. But which kind of sinner? Hell is for sinners who refused Jesus’ invitation to come and eat. (Matthew 8:11-12) The people who came from the east and west came to feast in the kingdom of heaven. Can you imagine finding yourself in hell because you refused to eat and party? Wow…
Jesus’ last act before He died on the cross was to eat with His disciples. (Matthew 26:26-29) This last act set precedence for us that partake of the Lord’s Supper in our churches every Sunday.
Guess what in heaven we are going to eat at the marriage supper of the lamb. (Revelation 19:9) When Jesus presents you and I as His bride to His Father, their will be a huge feast in heaven for Jesus and His bride – you and I.
So what’s with eating? What should we eat?
The Holy Communion or The Lord’s supper is the only part of our faith that involves eating. What is the communion? It is the meal that Jesus ushered to the church on the eve of his crucifixion. (Matthew 26:26-29: Mark 14:22-25, Luke 22:17-20, 1 Corinthians 10:16,11:23-25) It is the same meal as the Passover meal that the Jews ate in Exodus 12.
Paul clearly articulates to us the consequences of not eating the body of Jesus and drinking his blood with understanding. The consequences? Weakness, sickness, and death (1 Corinthians 11:30) So in the same breath, if we eat the body of Jesus and drink his shed blood with understanding then we will be STRONG, HEALTHY, AND LIVE LONG.
So communion time is actually feasting time. It is party time. It is God inviting us to recline at the table and eating what He has prepared for us. Therefore, eating Jesus’ body and drinking His blood is a huge deal. It is most times a matter of life and death.
Another truth is this – the vitality and vibrancy of your faith will be determined by what you eat. Your faith will reflect your diet. If you are on a steady diet of laws, principles, steps, formulae, and hyper spiritual activities your faith will be one of strain, effort, struggling, and wrestling.
On the flip side, if your diet is Jesus and His finished work on the cross for you, then your faith will have a rest, trust and ease about it.
When the world sees tired, bleary eyed, critical and fearful christians, it’s because we have been feeding on principles, formulae, life steps, and hyper spiritual activities. The chefs? Life coaches, leadership gurus, deliverance, prophetic and end-time ministers. But when the world sees vibrant, gracious and rested christians, it’s because we have been feeding on Jesus and his finished work on the cross for us. The chef? Jesus. The meal? Jesus.
Adam and his wife ended up eating from the wrong tree. The results? They fell from grace. They became sinful.
Abraham offered the three angels food to eat. The results? A year later Abraham and Sarah had a baby boy – Isaac.
Lot urged the two angels to come into house and eat. The results? He and his family were saved from judgment.
On the eve of the exodus from Egypt, the nation of Israel was commanded by God to eat the roasted lamb, matzoh bread and bitter herbs. The results? Deliverance from slavery.
When you eat the Lord’s Supper with understanding the results are – STRENGTH, HEALTH, AND LONG LIFE.
Just as in the natural what you eat affects your health, what you eat spiritually has effects. Your faith is reflective of your diet. You are what you eat.
When you are anxious – eat Jesus.
When you are worried – eat Jesus
When you are sick – eat Jesus
When you are in debt – eat Jesus
When you are depressed – eat Jesus
When you are faithless – eat Jesus
When you are lonely – eat Jesus
When you are lost – eat Jesus
When you sin – eat Jesus
When you fail – eat Jesus
When you are weak – eat Jesus
When you are in fear of death – eat Jesus
Eat, eat and eat some more
Hey, check me out. I am eating at the poshest restaurant in town and I’m taking my time. I am not doing the “drive thru” thing. I can see Jesus at the head of the table winking at me. He is very impressed. And guess who is taking care of the bill? News flash… IT HAS ALREADY BEEN PAID FOR. Wow…
Grace is all about eating y’all.
That’s what grace looks like