Most of my favorite Scriptures about food and beverages were said by Jesus Himself. For example, in John 4:13-14, Jesus said, “Whoever drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up into eternal life.” Similarly, Jesus declared, ‘I am the Bread of Life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in Me will never be thirsty (John 6:35).'”
John 1:1 explains, “In the beginning there was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” Jesus is the Word of God made flesh, and He is also the Bread of Life. That means His very words are sustenance to our flesh as well as to our spirits! This is symbolized by our eating of His broken body and drinking of His shed blood during Holy Communion. Does this mean that you will never eat physical food again? No. It does mean that when you make Jesus Lord over every area of your life, including your eating habits, He is the focus instead of the earthly things of this world.
As it pertains to food and beverages, when Jesus is not Lord over your eating habits, then something else is, your stomach. Philippians 3:18-19 states, “Many live as enemies of the cross of Christ. Their end is destruction. Their god is their stomach. Their glory is in their shame. Their minds are on earthly things.” This is the sinful result of gluttony and eating disorders being allowed to rule over and consume your body and your thoughts, if you are susceptible to obesity or bulimia. Likewise, those who suffer from anorexia or orthorexia have also made an idol of their stomachs instead of obeying God’s command to eat and drink for His glory. Instead, they eat and drink, or rather, fail to do so for other carnal, worldly reasons such as perceived control over their circumstances, body image goals, or food perfection.
However, Jesus the Living Word of God, not only taught us that He is sustenance for our flesh and our spirits, He also exemplified it when He walked among us. In John 4:31-34, the disciples repeatedly urged Jesus to eat, and He told them, “I have meat to eat that you know not of.” This confused them, so Jesus explained, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me and to finish His work.” God’s Word for your life reveals His will for your life, even in regard to food and beverages.
Jesus fulfilled every word written about Him in the Word of God before He committed His Spirit to the Lord on the Cross. He obeyed God’s Will to the very last detail. Both His words and His actions illustrated the biblical truth that “man doesn’t live on bread alone but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God” (Matthew 4:4). As a Christian, you too, must fulfill God’s Will for your life in complete and humble obedience to God, including eating and drinking for His glory. When you do so, your mind is automatically on heavenly things instead of following the whims of the bottomless pit of your stomach. Like Jesus, you will discover that obedience satisfies both the spirit and the body. In other words, you will “taste and see that the Lord is good” (Psalm 34:8).If you are ready to make the Lord sustenance for your body and your spirit, take the first step to tasting and seeing that He is good by registering today for the Eating as an Act of Worship Ministries Health and Fitness Master Class! Then purchase your copies of the Eating as an Act of Worship Workbook and the Eating as an Act of Worship Teacher’s Edition online today at Amazon or Barnes and Noble.com. In the books, you will learn the biblical principles regarding the body, dieting, exercising, and maintaining a healthy body for the glory of God. Read our weekly blog for motivation to stay healthy and fit through Christ. Follow us daily on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest for recipes, and diet and exercise tips. Tune in to our syndicated radio show on the DFW Den Radio Station, the StudioW Buzz Radio Station, and Victory KVDW 100.9 FM, 95.3 FM, and 1530 AM in Little Rock, Arkansas for interviews and health and fitness trends. Lastly, make your tax-deductible donation to Eating as an Act of Worship Ministries at www.eatingasanactofworshipministries.org!