To Share Your Bread, First Change Your Eating Habits

WLO_sharingbreadPost by Pastor Tim – As a culture, we’ve become concerned with the kinds of foods that we eat (and rightly so), but the Bible indicates how we eat is even more important!  I’m not referring to the speed in which you eat, but rather the understanding of where your food comes from and the attitude in which you eat it.

James 1:17 says, “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.”  If we apply that verse to the food we eat, then we begin to understand that food is given by God and it is given for a purpose.  Most of us wouldn’t disagree with the above statement, but it is much more common for us to think that our food comes from the money that we make by working hard.  When we think like this, the food is provided by our own hands for the purpose of satisfying our own hunger.  This effectively takes God out of the picture.

When we understand that our food comes from God, we are at the cusp of understanding that food should not only nourish us physically, but it should also nourish us in soul and spirit – remember that God created us as body, soul and spirit.  In other words, food is given by God for more than just keeping you alive!

Pastor Foley says,

So when we receive all food – meals, snacks, everything – as fellowship gifts given by the Son of Man, when we receive it as bread crumbs that lead us back to fellowship with God and then with God’s people, when we invest it in fellowship that strengthens body, soul, and spirit, then that physical food will endure to eternal life.  It comes from heaven and it returns to heaven – God’s provision becoming our worship.  Yes, eating is designed to be a form of worship.

This is the first step in practically sharing your bread.  It’s impossible to properly share our bread if we view our own eating as utilitarian rather than worship of God.  So before we invite the masses into our homes for a meal, we must ask ourselves some probing questions about our food . . .

  • Am I thankful for each and every meal that is set before me?
  • Do I recognize that even my snacks are from God and are designed to draw me closer to Him?
  • Am I always hurried during my meals – eating on the go, in the car or zipping through the drive-through?
  • Do I always watch TV during my meals, and effectively “space-out?”
  • Do I share my meals with anyone or do I always eat my meals alone?
  • Do my meals draw me closer to Christ?
  • Do I ever use my meals to help others draw closer to Christ?
  • Am I satisfied with the food that God has provided?

Jesus challenges us in Matthew 6:19-21 to use our resources in such a way that they will endure for eternity.  Our food is also a resource that could that could rot and be destroyed, or if used properly could endure for eternity.

As my family eats our meals this week, we are going to ask ourselves the question – “What does it look like to share our bread so that each meal we eat endures to eternal life?”

I’d like you to ask the same question and invite you to share the results in the comments below.

About tdillmuth

Pastor Timothy Dillmuth is the Discipleship Pastor of Voice of the Martyrs Korea. He oversees Underground University, a missionary training school for North Korean defectors, and does discipleship training with Christians from all over the world. Pastor Tim received a bachelor's degree from Zion Bible College and an M.Div. from Regent University. He lives with his wife, Melissia and their three children in Seoul, South Korea.
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5 Responses to To Share Your Bread, First Change Your Eating Habits

  1. Jeffery Jack says:

    Thanks Tim. This has really challenged me with this. I never thought of eating as an act of worship. Now, I do see how it can be.
    Thanks,
    Jeff

  2. tdillmuth says:

    Amen Jeffery – glad to hear how you were challenged! It’s important to view our daily, practical acts as worship in addition to what we do in church on Sundays.

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  4. jtjackgal220 says:

    Tim or Eric,
    I have a question. In light of God being concerned with the body, soul, and spirit, what did Jesus mean in John 6: 63 when he said: “It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh PROFITS NOTHING.”
    Does this simply mean that the flesh has no profit when it comes to eternal life. Just trying to understand what Jesus meant by “profits nothing.”
    Blessings in Jesus,
    Jeff

    • EFoley says:

      Good question, Jeff. It’s important to remember that Jesus is saying John 6:63 in the flesh, rather than uttering it, disembodied, from heaven. And it’s also important to remember the context: A large crowd had gathered around him and wanted to make him king because he provided them with bread. The Jewish and Christian traditions have always placed great value on the physical–that is, we are not gnostics who believe that the spirit is “trapped” in the body and in the evil creation. So Jesus’ words about the flesh profiting nothing do not mean that the flesh is worthless. John 1 affirms that the Word became flesh. The Revelation of John shows that our permanently dwelling place is in a new heavens AND a new earth. So Jesus’ admonition is related to those who would seek to follow him for worldly benefit only–in that there is no profit. (That would be pitiable, according to Paul in 1 Corinthians 15.) Christ’s provision of bread shows that he cares for the body–just like the provision of manna in the wilderness for the Israelites. But physical provision is never an end in itself. It is a sign that points to his identity as Lord of earth AND heaven. Unless we receive the WHOLE package–eating his flesh and drinking his blood in the spiritual realm–then the physical provision is of no value.

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