Read: John 6:22-7:52
I went on a quest a few years ago to figure out how my family and I were supposed to eat. My husband had done The Atkins Diet and The South Beach Diet. I had a friend on Weight Watchers. The Paleo Diet was all the rage. I read Lysa Terkeurst’s book Made to Crave. I read The Maker’s Diet. I read a Paleo cookbook. I read The South Beach Diet. And last but not least, I read The 100 Healthiest Foods.
All but one of those books tells you how bad bread is for you. So, why would Jesus call Himself the bread of life?
First, we all know the true secret of weight loss. Lysa Terkeurst puts it simply, “eat less and move more.” Bread is not the enemy. Overeating is the enemy. Secondly, I read in several places that the bread on the bread aisle at the grocery store is not the same bread that Jesus was eating.
First, let’s focus on what is more important. Jesus. Your greatest need, my greatest need is not a healthier diet. It is Jesus.
I do not believe that Jesus is telling us in John 6:53-58 that we have to eat His arm to have eternal life. (Although, sometimes I say that I am about to eat my arm if I don’t get food.) Jesus is giving us a metaphor for belief. Drink Me. Eat Me. Receive my gift of eternal life. Trust Me and you will find life.
Food is a gift from God. It reminds us of our need for God and each other every day. I cannot survive without the provision of God. I cannot survive without the provision of the body of Christ (you) to help provide for my needs.
In an act of great dependence, the Israelites gathered manna everyday. Manna was their daily bread. Sound familiar? Jesus is the One with the words of eternal life. Jesus is the One who provides us the Spirit of God through salvation to well up in us daily.
As long as there is a new day, there is hope. Jesus stands with outstretched arms to the world every day. We have been given our sign. It is the cross of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Does He love you? Yes. He died for you.
Does He care about you? Yes. He died for you.
Does He have a plan? Yes. He died for you.
Is there life in Him? Yes. He died for you and ROSE from the grave.
Honestly, a new diet will not change everything. The one thing I learned from all the books combined is that God made food. The healthiest people in the world are the ones that eat closest to what God provides in nature. So, yes, eat healthier every single day.
And every single day, we need to focus our attention on Jesus, our spiritual nourishment. Imagine not spending so much time focused on your problems and more time focused on the One who has promised you life.
In your Going Deeper Participant Guide, let’s look at Day 8 beginning on page 19. Complete Look at the Details and Personal Application sections. Then come back here and share your answer to the following discussion question in the comment section below. (You can find the comment section at the bottom of this message. Just scroll down and you’ll see the words “Post a Comment.” Click there and share your responses.) Or, join the conversation on our Facebook Community Group.
"What can we do practically to trust Jesus every day and not focus on our problems?"
I will be posting my responses in the comment section and Facebook, so I hope to see you there!
Thanks for going on this journey together! #undividedwomen