Why is food such a big deal? I don’t know your answer but I know mine. I over-indulge to be comforted and nurtured. These goals continually get me in trouble on the scale. That’s why I found Acts 2:46-47 so interesting. After these folks encountered the Holy Spirit, their mealtimes changed so much that the author documented how Spirit-filled people eat. Maybe we can learn something.
Acts 2:46, 47- And day after day they regularly assembled in the temple with united purpose, and in their homes they broke bread [including the Lord's Supper]. They partook of their food with gladness and simplicity and generous hearts, Constantly praising God and being in favor and goodwill with all the people; and the Lord kept adding [to their number] daily those who were being saved [from spiritual death] (AMP).
Note: They invited others to share what they had, no matter what it was!
Note: They praised God and enjoyed their meal with gladness, simplicity and generous hearts.
Surely this all took a while. Note: Twenty minutes after eating, we feel full.
Note: They were in favor and good will with all the people. Hmmm. Digestively, their tummies must have been working fine.
Note: no ulcer or fierce heartburn caused by greed or assorted unresolved relationship problems.
Note” The result of this kind of living? The Lord kept adding to their number daily!
Sounds grand doesn’t it. However by Acts 6: 1-2, they forgot all that.
Acts 6:1 –Now about this time, when the number of the disciples was greatly increasing, complaint was made by the Hellenists (the Greek-speaking Jews) against the [native] Hebrews because their widows were being overlooked and neglected in the daily ministration (distribution of relief) (AMP)
Apparently the key to successful, healthy eating is not food choice, but Spirit-filled remembrance of what we have as children of God.
Prayer: Lord, forgive us for using food (or anything else for that matter) as a substitute for you. In Christ’s name. Amen.