What’s summer without good fresh food to sustain and strengthen us; to make our hearts glad with celebration? I can’t think of a summer activity that isn’t better with food: grilled meats, fresh fruit, salad, ice cream, barbecued ribs and chicken, fresh vegetables, tomatoes straight from the garden, big juicy watermelon, water ice… mmmmmm!
What are you eating this summer? I, myself, am in the midst of a dietary change that cuts out some of the things I like best (carbs! sugar!) and it got me to thinking about our real food: Jesus Christ.
“I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats this bread will live forever. This bread is My flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.” John 6:51
“For My flesh is real food and My blood is real drink. Whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood remains in Me, and I in them.” John 6:55-56
He’s delightful! He’s delectable! He’s delicious!
I scream, you scream, we all scream for Jesus!
Summer is a wonderful time to slow down and catch up with Jesus: read & study the Bible, listen to worship music (& worship!), tune into some good teaching, catch up on sermons you missed, join us on Sundays, do some devotional reading. But, best of all: simply sit in the sun (or under a tree) and pray.
Stop and consider what the Lord has done for you while it is still today and give thanks. Stop and listen for His voice: God wants to talk with us all the time, every day. This summer you can begin a conversation with God that will carry you through every single day of your life. He is the Way and the Truth and the Life.
We need to eat Jesus, not only to survive, but to thrive! Jesus declared,
“I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats this bread will live forever. This bread is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.”
Wouldn’t it be great to be so full of Jesus that we hunger for nothing else? Or we could be so drenched in His love and forgiveness that we never thirst for any other drink?
Thus I will bless You while I live;
I will lift up my hands in Your name.
My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness,
And my mouth shall praise You with joyful lips. Psalm 63:4-5
Lord, give us this day our daily bread. Yum.