You are what you Eat
Over the last two weeks, have you made any new efforts to demonstrate your love to your brothers and sisters? Has anyone received any encouragement from others that you'd like to share your appreciation for.
This week Mike encouraged the congregation to "taste and see that the Lord is good," while reminding us that you are what you eat. Do you remember a distinct moment in your life when your attitude toward God changed and you understood him in a new way?
As Mike demonstrated through his review of creation story in Genesis, our hunger for God is as natural and innate as our hunger for physical food; one way or another we are going to attempt to satisfy that hunger. When we don't nourish our relationship with God we aren't merely going hungry, we will eventually turn to sources other than God.
Read Jeremiah 2:11-15
Has a nation ever changed its gods?
(Yet they are not gods at all.)
But my people have exchanged their glorious God
for worthless idols.
Be appalled at this, you heavens,
and shudder with great horror,”
declares the Lord.
“My people have committed two sins:
They have forsaken me,
the spring of living water,
and have dug their own cisterns,
broken cisterns that cannot hold water.
Is Israel a servant, a slave by birth?
Why then has he become plunder?
Lions have roared;
they have growled at him.
They have laid waste his land;
his towns are burned and deserted.
Also, the men of Memphis and Tahpanhes
have cracked your skull.
Have you not brought this on yourselves
by forsaking the Lord your God
when he led you in the way?
Now why go to Egypt
to drink water from the Nile?
And why go to Assyria
to drink water from the Euphrates
How had Israel "dug their own cisterns?" What needs do you think they were attempting to satisfy by turning to them?
As a Christian, have you ever experienced a negative consequence from seeking nourishment from the wrong sources?
Echoing the exhortation from Hebrews Mike reminded us in his lesson that if we have tasted the goodness of God's grace it aught to inspire us to hunger for him more deeply, which will be evident in our study of the word as well.
Read Hebrews 5:12-6:3
For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the first principles of the oracles of God; and you have come to need milk and not solid food. For everyone who partakes only of milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, for he is a babe. But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, that is, those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.
Therefore, leaving the discussion of the elementary principles of Christ, let us go on to perfection, not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God, of the doctrine of baptisms, of laying on of hands, of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment. And this we will do if God permits.
Reading the bible as a habit and developed discipline is a good thing, but are you also seeking nourishment during your time in the bible?
Has your need for God grown throughout your new life or have you become satisfied with the milk of the first principles?
Bringing it Home
As the title of Mike's lesson declared, you are what you eat. During your quiet time this week, or perhaps along with another disciple, reflect on your initial reactions to situations and circumstances; which aspect of your spiritual diet has fed that attitude or behavior?