"Why We Eat"
Having established the truth that our first and primary reason for eating involves glorifying God, let us now consider the corollary truth that God purposes our physical consumption of food to reflect our spiritual partaking of the Lord Jesus Christ.
"Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life. He that cometh to Me shall never hunger… He that eateth Me, even He shall live by Me" (John 6:35; 57).
"The invisible things of Him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made" (Romans 1:20).
Every time a human being consumes a morsel of food, the physical act epitomizes the spiritual reality of relationship and fellowship with God through the Lord Jesus Christ. Scripture references the bond with our Heavenly Father in these terms because eating is so fundamental to our existence. We cannot long physically survive and thrive without food. Nor can we cannot spiritually live, as God defines life, without partaking the Bread of life by faith. We spiritual ingest Christ by loving, trusting, and obeying Him, even as He declared of His own earthly experience: "My meat is to do the will of Him that sent Me" (John 4:34). Thus, God made us to physically eat as a means of reflecting the far greater spiritual truth that we "live through Him" (I John 4:9).
We will not consciously think of this truth every time we consume food. It happens nonetheless as "the things that are made" mirror "the invisible things of Him" (Romans 1:20). Just as in physical terms, food is life - we must eat - so must we live as "partakers of Christ" in order to know the far greater spiritual reality of relationship with God (Hebrews 3:14). Realizing and affirming such Truth changes our perspective regarding food and eating, elevating the matter to a place in our hearts whereby we realize that every morsel consumed reflects Heavenly realities. Thus, we not only glorify God as we eat in light of Truth, we also reveal Him and His spiritual purpose for our existence and life in Christ. The matter involves far more significance than we realize as eternal glories shine forth in the necessity, benefit, and enjoyment that accompanies this fundamental aspect of our existence.
"For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving, for it is sanctified by the Word of God and prayer."
(I Timothy 4:4-5)
Weekly Memory Verse
In everything give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you."
(I Thessalonians 5:18)