YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT.

BY:  QUINTON WEST

E-MAIL ADDRESS glokramded@gmail.com

BIBLE TEXT:  “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

“The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” - John 1:14

PERSONAL REFLECTION: For the past 3 and a half years red meat, pork, and other meats have been foreign to my system for more than just a few reasons.  I now find myself in the present day making an even more drastic move to completely clean up my diet by eliminating meat (with the exception of fish) and relying on vegetables to be my main source of nourishment.  I am not alone in this though; my wife has joined me in this commitment.  So where is the significance in correlation to the biblical text provided above? Well as the title exclaims, you truly are what you eat!  Since starting this diet I have seen an increase in my energy level, alertness, focus, wellness, etc.  I find it fascinating though, that all of the time spent eating junk food, craving sweets, and downing anything that was put in front of me brought me plenty of cloudiness, fatigue, lack of focus, and a bit of a jelly belly.  Ironically and needless to say, often, we find ourselves consuming too much of the things that are without necessity for our spiritual lives.  The Word tells us that the Messiah was the word in the flesh and even more, once this came to fruition He made it a point several times that to truly enter the kingdom and receive His message and purpose you must “Eat” His flesh!  This means that you must become one with His nature, His teachings, His demeanor, His Love.

PERSONAL APPLICATION:  Upon reading these words that He spoke about eating His flesh it dawned on me.  The Messiah desires more than just a few prayers and scriptures read here and there, He wants us to consume His ways until He abides in us and it is only then when we will see the truth of the Words in which He speaks.  This must become a commitment though, not a routine, a desire, and not a chore.  Just as tangible and eatable food can benefit the body, much more can the constant consumption of the Word of the Most High be to our bodies.  It is when we actually make this commitment to daily consumption of His ways that we will see blessings on our spirits, on our souls, relationships, prayers, and life as a whole.  I can not remember a day that I have gone a full 24 hours without eating, and I doubt there are many that can, it is human nature to eat daily. So daily we must feed our spirit with “the word that became flesh.”

PRAYER: Father, thank you for your Word and thank you for your will to hold us accountable, I pray that we constantly consume your Word until it truly abides in us and produces all of the pleasures of the Spirit that You intended it to. Continue to allow us to have a hunger for you daily, in your Holy name we pray Amen.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Quinton is a 21 year old youth counselor that has attended Life Assembly for almost two years.  He is happily married to Life Assembly’s youth pastor Kelsey West.  Together they seek guidance through the Most High as they journey into the world of youth ministry here in the States as well as on missions serving the Kingdom as missionaries in Bolivia and other countries that He may lead them.

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