Food Enough

We all know that food is a necessity of life.  If we are blessed to know what is good for us and what is not we can maintain a healthy body, but there is more to living than just existing so how do we come to know what is encompassed in the life we were actually created for?  Many of us were fortunate to come from the homes of yesterday when there was more emphasis on going to church on Sunday, on memorizing scripture and being sprinkled with holy water in baptism, if our local church did not have a baptismal for dunking; but you have to admit in today’s world the emphasis has changed more than we realize.  It has become more of an incidental than a requirement losing the necessity of actually following our Lord’s instructions.

We find in today’s world that many are starving, but it is not always from lack of what goes into our mouths.  What then is really necessary for living life?  Mark told us long ago that He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned (16:16).  Does that then mean that life is not only dependent on what we eat?  It is true that when we look at today’s needs we find ourselves being reminded that there are many who will die if they are not provided with food for their body’s nourishment, but will that provide the eternal life that our Lord tells us is available to us?

Understanding eternal life can only be discovered if we study and properly interpret what we read.  That is the purpose of the Word of God that has been written by those that personally walked with Jesus, listened to His words of knowledge, practiced them and passed them down through the ages.  It was originally God’s purpose for us to acknowledge the lessons learned in the past and fulfill them.  He knew that one day we would need His help to survive in a world that has grown in the ways of evil from man’s ego.  He knew we would have to experience evil before we would be able to lean on and practice what He originally planned for His children and that He has caused to be preserved through the centuries.

Consider what the Word says in Acts and Galatians: Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:38).  For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ (Galatians 3:27) and if you are Christ’s, then you are….heirs according to the promise (29).  Nowhere in either passage does it indicate that the actual food we eat is the solution to life.  Yes, I do realize that our earthly bodies have to have nourishment in order to continue to exist, but if we are to have what I believe we all want, which is eternal life, then apparently there is a requirement more important than the edible food we put into our mouths. 

So then the question becomes what is it we need to fill our bodies with to become the spiritual bodies we were meant to be and will one day confront?  The obvious answer is there’s food enough found in our Bibles. not in the local grocery store.  Have you ever really asked yourself if you spend enough time in the Word of God?  I imagine that most of us would rather not be asked the question because we already know the answer.  Can we overcome the problems we have allowed?  Maybe we should listen to that little inner voice, the one our Creator gave us to help us remain on the road to our mansion in the sky.

Break Thou the bread of life, dear Lord, to me
As Thou didst break the bread by Galilee:
Beyond the sacred page I seek Thee, Lord;
My spirit pants for Thee, O living Word.

Kevin Harrison

WCBCS, 7459 S IH 35, Waco, TX, USA