Wednesday, January 3rd, 2018
Beginnings (Part 19)
Your New Food*
His disciples urged Him, saying, 'Rabbi, eat.'
But He said to them, I have food to eat of which you do not know... My food is to do the will of Him Who sent Me, and to finish His work.'
John 4:31-34 (NKJV)*
We live in a food-dominated culture. America is not only the richest large nation on earth, it's also the fattest.**
Surely, Jesus revealed the enormity of this stumbling block when He faced Satan in the desert. By enemy suggestion, hunger was our King's first big temptation. Of course, the only sinless Man declined.
How many times have I given in to ungodly hunger? I can't possibly remember, and I hope God chooses to forget. Food is the most obvious example of the battle between the flesh and the Spirit. But if food is our most common idol, then rounding out America's top five might be: 2) wealth, 3) power, 4) beauty, and 5) celebrity.
Stars for God, here's your entrance: Like Jesus, you have food to eat that others do not know. Namely, the 'Bread of Life' (John 6:35). This Nourishment must become crystal clear to your family, friends and fans.
I also believe John 4:1-42 beautifully describes your mission in the entertainment industry.*** Consider this interpretation: 1) Being tired and hungry makes you relatable to everyone; 2) An honest sinner can be closer to salvation than a hypocritical Christian...
3) Worship is about Spirit and truth, not walls and rules; 4) By way of media, today's fields are ripe for harvest; 5) By the Hand of God, you have entered into the labor of the enemy -- to clean up behind Christians who looked the other way while he worked the globe.
To Be Continued...
* Excellent article in Focus Magazine: Challenging Discipleship: 'I have food to eat that you do not know about:' http://focusmagazine.org/challenging-discipleship-i-have-food-to-eat-that-you-do-not-know-about.php
** America is the fattest nation on earth: http://health.usnews.com/health-news/health-wellness/articles/2014/05/28/america-tops-list-of-10-most-obese-countries
** America is the richest (per capita) large nation on earth: http://www.worldatlas.com/articles/the-10-richest-nations-in-the-world.htm
*** John 4:1-42: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=john+4%3A1-42&version=NKJV
NOTE TO PERFORMERS STRUGGLING WITH FOOD OR OTHER PHYSICALLY ATTRACTIVE STUMBLING BLOCKS: Check out Romans 7:14-25. (I am linking The Message interpretation: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Romans+7%3A14-25&version=MSG)
Paul perfectly describes a Christian's frustration with these fleshly temptations. Our Answer? The same as his: Jesus. We must connect with our Victory so strongly that the last fruit of the Holy Spirit is evident in our lives: self-discipline. I am not bragging like I'm there. I stumble too often to claim any prize (yet), so I am a work in progress. But if you're in that contest with me, you and I need to admit our dependence on God. And with Him, we work out our own salvation (from fleshly temptations) with fear and trembling.
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Beginnings series. To read similar devotions, please see the All Things New series.