December 26, 2019
Spiritual Health Food
I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world. – John 6:51
A while back I visited a health-food store and purchased some grains that are supposedly very good for the body. Lately, it seems like we hear a great deal about health and wholesome eating, so visiting this store was quite an experience. Walking down the aisles, I saw bins and bins of various grains and foods that promised to bring optimal health if ingested. Some of the grains looked edible and others I had my doubts about! However, the selection was outstanding—perhaps even a bit overwhelming.
In a spiritual sense, we are also overwhelmed with “food” choices. Our souls need spiritual food to stay healthy, but although we hear plenty of advice on different ways to make it to Heaven and to be happy here on earth, God has kept the way simple. He has provided Jesus, His Son, who became the Living Bread for the souls of men. If we partake of the Living Bread, our lives will not only be happier here on earth, but we will have eternal life to enjoy.
Think about how the smell of bread from a bakery makes you hungry when you walk by. Personally, I love a piece of homemade bread as it comes out of my mother’s oven. Our physical bodies were created to crave food, and in a similar way, our spiritual bodies were created to long for the Living Bread that only God can give. Thankfully, once you realize your spiritual hunger for the Living Bread, you are already on your way to being satisfied.
The Living Bread is available to anyone who asks. You can pray and ask God to feed your hungry soul, and He will do it. Our focus verse says, “If any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever,” and that includes you! If you taste of the Living Bread, you will have eternal life. And the next time you walk by a bakery and the smell of fresh bread tempts you against your better judgment, you can at least be comforted in knowing that your spiritual appetite can be filled anytime!