Friday, 28 August 2020

Food, A Shadow Of The Life


God created food to embody a spiritual principle about Christ our life. The truth revealed truth food as a reality is that life is drawn from the land one lives in. You plant on this land and are sustained by the fruits and products of these plants. You draw life from the life of the plant and that sustains you. You hunt animals on the land and you take the meat for food. You eat this meat and draw life from that animal. You explore the land and discover a river, you catch fish, eat it and draw life from that food.  You are adding all this life to your body causing you to grow.

All this is meant to unveil a spiritual reality in Christ. Christ is our land, he is the new creation, the new reality we have been brought into through salvation. We are to explore this land and as we do we would discover things through which we can draw life and grow in Christ. Yes, there are so many things you will see and experience as you live in Christ, and you are meant to draw life from them.

Another thing we can learn about food is pleasure. We not only eat to draw life (nutrients), we eat because we enjoy it. We find pleasure in eating. God didn't have to create food to be sweet. Whether it is sweet or not we would have to eat because our bodies need it. But God took time to make sure fruits are sweet, he did this to reveal something about Christ to us. He is telling us that the process of receiving life (or drawing life) is meant to be pleasurable. You are to take pleasure in it, enjoy it.

"Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you your heart’s desires." (Psa 37:4).
"I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly." (John 10:10).

Take delight in feeding on Christ, enjoy him and you will receive life abundantly. Many of us obey God grudgingly, you don't know that each time you obey God and yield to the Spirit you draw life, and you are meant to enjoy the process of drawing life. Jesus lived a perfect life on earth because he enjoyed obeying God.

"Jesus explained, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me and to finish His work." (John 4:34).

Obeying God is like food to Jesus, he enjoys it, it is sweet in his heart and it nourishes him. Sometimes when I eat a delicious meal, it reminds me of how sweet the life is. It is indeed pleasurable it's just that many of us are not awakened to that reality. One time Justin Paul Abraham was talking about a sister who took a bite out of a delicious meal and she fell into ecstasy. The sweetness reminded her of how pleasurable God is, and as soon as she remembered she fell into ecstasy. I know that feeling, mystics usually fall into ecstasy at anything that reminds them of God. Joseph of Cupertino was said to start floating when he hears the church bell.

I am only trying to establish the link between the pleasure of food and the pleasure of God. Yes, the sweetness of food reminds us of the pleasure of Christ. In fact, I believe food is created to be sweet in order to point us to the pleasure of feeding on Christ. Feeding on Christ is meant to be pleasure, if you are not finding it pleasurable it's because you are not well awakened to this reality (this land). In this land we hunt for the things of Christ and we find pleasure in drawing life out of them. We enjoy obedience because it impacts us with life and life is sweet.

This life (Christ) is delicious, you need to be awakened to the sweetness of this life. You will get awaken to this reality when you press hard to find pleasure in the things of Christ. Find pleasure in reading the word, enjoy it, taste the sweetness in your mouth and let that sweetness fill your heart. It is the most delicious thing, even more delicious than the best food that man could ever cook. The shadow cannot be greater than the reality. A time will come when we would stop eating food because the pleasure and rejuvenation we experience in the presence of God would be too great to even consider food.

"You say, “Food was made for the stomach, and the stomach for food.” (This is true, though someday God will do away with both of them.)" (1Cor 6:13).

Find pleasure in prayer, look forward to it, enjoy and delight yourself in it. It gives you life and life is sweet, it is so delicious. Find pleasure in everything that gives you life, for that is how it is meant to be, that is the reality of Christ and you must become fully awaken to this reality.

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