I love to gather up my family and take them out for a nice dinner at Red Lobster for two reasons, quality time and to eat their bread! I love when it comes out nice and warm it taste that much better. The wife just looks at me shaking her head in disbelief as I funnel down one after another. She says I’m falling into their trap of eating lots of their bread so my main meal will not only look bigger when it comes out, but making it impossible to eat it all.
And she’s always right as I sit there full, staring at my plate after taking just two bites.
Just like eating Red Lobster’s bread appears to make me satisfied, we need be careful of not getting full off of unhealthy spiritual bread before the main meal, Jesus Christ, comes back.
We are what we eat. For us to live we must eat the bread of life. I tell you the truth, he who believe has everlasting life. I am the bread of life (John 6:47-48).
There was a time I didn’t believe in Jesus. I believed as long as I stayed out of trouble and did the right thing by being kind to people, I would be alright. My spirit was hungry for Him but self-deception gave me an “easy to butter bread” kind of spirit. This kept me in my comfort zone, that way, I could still do what I wanted to do without committing to Him or feeling guilty.
Like there are different kinds of breads there are also different kinds of spirits.
For instance, some days I would have a crusty bread kind of spirit. When I let my environment influence my thinking. Like listening to music that made me think I’m tough by feeding my falsely inflated ego. With this kind of spirit I was never stable. One minute I was talking world peace the next I was down for my hood ready to fight.
Then there were days I had a moldy bread spirit. A moody spirit that kept people away. When I was in my moldy bread spirit all my friends would say it’s that time of the month for me. I spent a lot of time isolating with this kind of spirit. Like when you find moldy bread sitting far back in the corner of your bread box.
My fresh bread spirit was my self-righteous spirit. A spirit that comes from when I use to read God’s Word then look down on others. Nicole hated when I was in my fresh bread spirit. She said I walked differently, chew my gum differently, and even carry my Bible differently. On those days she would go to the second Church service. She said there wasn’t enough room in the car for me, her and my Halo. Anyway..
Jesus wants us to live with an all natural bread spirit which can only come from God’s Word. Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God (Matthew 4:4).
When we read God’s Word it satisfies the deepest hungers of our soul just like when I’m at Red Lobster the bread satisfies my hunger. BUT JESUS WANTS US TO EAT HIS FLESH! He wants us to get full by eating all the main meal which is Him! “I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. This bread is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world (John 6:51).”
So how do we eat Jesus’ flesh?
BY APPLYING GOD’S WORD IN ALL AREAS OF OUR LIVES!
When we apply His Word to our life we begin to transform. Practicing His Word eats away at our flesh and we become like Him. We become more spiritual.
In the natural we have a glow that people can see. This glow is the light of Jesus. It attracts people to us and make them want what we have. But in the spiritual realm when they look at us they see Jesus Himself.
That’s why the devil and his demons always tempting us because they can see us becoming like Jesus. They seldom temp Christians who just read God’s Word because those people aren’t trying to change. The devil go after Christians who practice God’s Word because those are the ones making a difference in this fallen world.
Everyday we must consciously choose to take a bite out of Jesus’ flesh by applying His Word into our life. Like my wife said we must leave some bread alone because it’s a set up to get us full so we don’t have room for the main meal, Jesus.
Jesus knows that it’s hard for us to practice what He says and His flesh is hard to swallow. That’s why my next article we be on how to chase His flesh down by drinking His blood. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day. For my flesh is real food and my blood is real drink (John 6:54-55).