We Eat

This commercial has recently been airing on TV:

I found it to be rather funny at first.  I was just surprised to discover that the one thing which makes women so awesome is that they eat (and that they eat Special K, no less).  But there is a sense is which that is true.  It is true that performance is driven by and even dependent on nutrition.   It is true that your eating fuels your doing.  It may even be true that your eating fuels your being (you are what you eat, after all).

And that is not just a truth.  It is a spiritual truth, a discipleship truth, a truth of the walk with God.  That walk is something that is done.  There is a performance to it (we aren’t judged by that performance as much as we might think, but there is still a performance to it), and that performance is likewise driven by/dependent on nutrition, what we eat.

That is what makes the spiritual disciplines and practices so important, particularly the disciples/practices of Bible reading and church attending.  These practices are our spiritual food.  They are the eating that fuels our doing.  Jesus Himself indicated this in Matthew 4:4:

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There are several other Scriptures which suggest this same thing, such as John 6:51, 1 Corinthians 3:2, Hebrews 5:14 and  13:10), and 1 Peter 2:1-3.  Beyond that, logic itself suggests it.  After all, there is no such thing as perpetual motion in the physical universe, so why should we think there would be such a thing in the spiritual universe?

So we all need to eat.  All us disciples, female and male, need to spiritually eat if we are going to spiritual do and/or spiritually be.  We need to eat through regularly reading the Bible and meeting with other believers.  This isn’t a guilt trip; guilt shouldn’t be part of the spiritual disciplines and practices.  It is a biblical and logical conclusion.  The cereal companies can see that conclusion; they package and exploit it in a way I don’t care for, but they can at least see it.  May we believers see it and act on it as well.