YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT
3 And he said to me, “Son of man, eat what is before you, eat this scroll; then go and speak to the people of Israel.” 2 So I opened my mouth, and he gave me the scroll to eat. 3 Then he said to me, “Son of man, eat this scroll I am giving you and fill your stomach with it.” So I ate it, and it tasted as sweet as honey in my mouth. Ezekiel 3:1-3
Have you ever heard the phrase, "You are what you eat?". I have heard that all of my life and so I continued to think through what that really looks like. I was always wondering why this was a phrase that should mean anything to me at all. I mean I knew that I was not a pizza, chicken fingers or a hamburger. I was not an all you can eat salad bar from Ruby Tuesday's. I know that I am not Japanese or Mexican food, but I really do understand the foundational understanding of that phrase. It means whatever we put into our bodies will positively or negatively impact our lives. For example, if I eat greasy food, I know that my face may break down and I will feel a little sluggish. If I eat salad and fruit, I know that my body will feel a little lighter and but will need something with more substance later in the day. If I eat ice cream I know that I will probably have a sugar rush and then crash an hour or so later. See I know and understand the undertone of the phrase, but I think that maybe, just maybe, there is something a little more powerful in those words if we honestly take a look at them from a spiritual standpoint.
If I eat of this world, I know that I am going to be of this world. Remember trash in leads to trash out and God in leads to God out. I am honestly asking us all today what are we consuming in our lives that is leading to stronger spiritual growth in our lives? I know that may sound crazy, but if we apply the truth of today's phrase, we are what we eat, then I can definitely bring up the argument that if we consume the world we are of this world and if we
consume God's Word then we are producing godly fruit. Nothing can be more evident than
looking and listening to the attitudes of my children towards different things in life. Like many students, they have a growth in their ears that seems to be a new appendage to their
body, ear pods. Yes, I watch every day as these little dangling objects are perturbing from their ears and it causes them to get lost to anything on the outside and consumed into their world. Whether they are watching a movie or listening to music, I am telling you that they are being consumed and also consuming and whatever they are eating, is helping to direct their thoughts and actions. You can tell it based on their actions. If they were playing a game that was really intense, their muscles are contracted and they literally seem as if they are on the edge of eruption. If they are listening to peaceful music, I can see joy in their faces and peace in their body language. If they are watching a movie that is very touching and emotional, I watch their faces begin to turn red and tears form in their eyes. Our bodies are feeding off what we are feeding them and it doesn't always have to be physical food that controls our actions. Some times it is the non-spiritual food that causes our bodies to truly engage or disengage with the world and that is a very scary scenario.
As we step into the early days of Ezekiel's calling from God, we are watching as God is literally telling Ezekiel what he needs to do as he steps forward on this journey. Ezekiel had been the ancient day megaphone guy preaching the gospel in the streets. His motives were a little different, but many people had the same reaction to his message. They would literally walk past Ezekiel and say, what is he talking about today. Ezekiel was a very faithful man and God saw his faithfulness and called him to be one of the greatest prophets and watchman for the people of Israel. So when we hear these words today, we cannot be surprised that God was ready for Ezekiel to become a mouthpiece or voice for the Gospel. When we read these words today, we are seeing the power of God's Word consuming our lives and helping us to grow deeper in our faith connection. God spoke and told Ezekiel to eat the scrolls. In other words, God was saying to him, take the time to study them and make them a part of your life. Know them so well that they are a part of your every being. As we said before, you are what you eat. So if you are daily consuming the Word of God. If you are eat God's Word as your Daily Bread, God's Word will be evident in every word you speak and every step you take. The world will be able to see something different in your life because you have filled your life with the spiritual food that is sweet as honey. If you digest God's Word, you will find that not only does it make you stronger in your faith, but its wisdom will also enlighten your life. We need to be able to feed ourselves spiritually as much as our body craves physical nourishment. Digesting God's Word must become a regular part of our daily lives. It should become just as important to our lives as breathing.
So our true challenge for today is set around our consumption. What is it that we are consuming that is directing our lives and our actions? Are we ready to go on a BIBLE diet and start feeding our soul with the spiritual calories that we are so desperate for. I know that we have really been hitting this hard on this Lenten journey, but the reality is that we need to be shaping our lives in such a way that it changes our patterns and mannerisms for eternity. We are what we eat and the more of the world that we consume, the more of the world we
become. I promise that is a very slippery slope. What we are putting into our bodies will continue to be seen in the fruit that we produce. What we are able to lay down as foundational truths in our lives will be passed down to future generations. If God's Word is a part of that legacy, you will be able to see that in the lives of your children, grand-children and so on. If we are only taking small nibbles from time to time, we cannot be surprised when things fall apart, we start running towards the world for solution and not to God. We are what we eat and I pray that even with this blog, it gives you a taste that will turn into a desire to take a bigger bite. I pray that maybe something God says through me will give you a hungering for the WORD in a way that may start a revolution though revelation. I promise that HIS WORD will give us the strength that we need to overcome any situation, but we have to be consuming if we are going to be using the WORD. Father, Here I am. What can I do for You today? Amen.