During the holidays, there is a common denominator that can be found in every celebration. The oven is hot, the water is boiling, the microwave is beeping, pans searing, and the aroma will make your mouth water. There is something about food that makes people happy and unites us all. In fact, many of us enjoy this aspect of the holidays a little too much. As Dr. Suess would say in the Grinch Who Stole Christmas, “And they’d feast! And they’d Feast! And they’d Feast! Feast! Feast! Since God knows this truth about his creation, he speaks in ways that relate to us. Jesus told us something that is vital for everyone to know in John 6:35: I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.
The scripture connects the importance of our daily nutrition with our even more significant spiritual needs. If we do not get proper nourishment, we can suffer in so many ways. Not only could a person become weak physically but could die in extreme situations. Similarly, we will become spiritually feeble without a consistent dose of God’s word. Maybe this is why some are so easily deceived by Satan and fall into temptation on a daily basis. Also, we will eternally perish without faith in Christ. As people who love to indulge, we will not miss a meal. However, we will we miss time in God’s word. What would happen if we placed the same importance on our spiritual needs as the physical ones? Our lives would dramatically change and our communities would be strong. Jesus would fill our souls like an all-you-can-eat holiday feast.
Also in this scripture, God said that we would never hunger again if we partake of the bread of life. There are many things people try to find fulfillment in life. Drugs, sex, money, and the praise of man will only last so long. One can find pleasure in sin just for a season. Only the joy of the Lord will last. The only one that can fill the hole in our heart is Christ. A relationship with Jesus will satisfy you like the banquet of a king. Half-baked Christianity is repulsive to the Lord and will make a person miserable. However, a person that is sold out will find Jesus to be everything he claims to be. Instead of eating like a pauper this season, it is time to eat like a king. This December receive everything Christmas has to offer and dine on the bread of life!
(Ralph & Elizabeth Pyszkowski, Your Brother & Sister In Christ. All comments are welcomed at [email protected])