A Culinary Parable

A Culinary Parable

I am so happy to be able to eat again! My favorite restaurant has finally opened back up! Their menu is new and improved. They have the best cook in the area. My favorite meal, a cheeseburger with lettuce and tomato, steak fries, and coke is once again right down the street! Oh, how I have missed food.

In case you are wondering, I stopped eating when the pandemic forced my favorite restaurant to shut its doors. I knew it might affect my health to not eat, but I assumed it would just be for a couple weeks. Then weeks turn to months and months to over a year. 

Don’t get me wrong, I tried cooking myself. But I didn’t have all the ingredients I needed at home. And when I read the recipe and saw all those measurements, I was just confused. My conclusion was that I just needed to leave the cooking up to someone trained in culinary arts. After all, they could cook much better than I could. 
The Bible says in Matthew 4:4, “Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.” 

How ludicrous would it be for someone to not eat physical food for an extended period of time? How silly to say, “Since I’m not a great cook, I just won’t eat?” Yet how many of us fail to “eat” spiritual “food” on a regular basis. Our spirits were created to consume spiritual food. And that food comes from the Word of God – the Bible. 

Sadly, when the pandemic hit, many could no longer attend their church in person. And equally sad, is that many Christians only “eat” once a week from the Sunday morning message. Instead we ought to read and study God’s word on a daily basis in order to stay spiritually healthy. “Crave” the word. 

“Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation.” 1 Peter 2:2
It’s the new Christian that needs someone to feed him the word of God, but the mature Christian has learned how to “feed” him or herself. Reading, studying, and praying all feed the spiritual man. You don’t have to understand everything you read either. That’s okay if you don’t. What is important is that you have a regular intake of scripture. 

“Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness. But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil.” Hebrews 5:13, 14

A great way to feed ourselves spiritually is by spending time daily in God’s word. If you don’t already have a regular habit of Bible reading, now is a good time to start. 
The folks at LifeChurch.tv have assembled countless Bible reading plans
Through the Word is another great resource to help you “feed yourself spiritually.”
I gotta go now, there’s the “dinner bell.” Time to “eat!”