Getting a baby to try new food is sometimes difficult and even hazardous. The mama doing the feeding may come away with more food on herself than the child has in his tummy. To watch the strange antics of parents as they mimic dive-bomber noises while trying to get their child to eat veggies is entertaining to say the least. Their baby may not accept the food they offer the first time, but after repeated exposure―lots of repeated exposure―they usually give in.
Do you readily accept what you are given to eat, or are you a picky eater? In order to acquire an appetite for something, we first have to ingest it, and ingest it repeatedly. An appetite is a God-given gift and a powerful force. A hearty appetite is vital for good health, but sometimes our appetites lead us toward things that are harmful. As believers, we need to develop an appetite for foods that are beneficial―foods that will sustain us.
The world spreads a tempting smorgasbord before us. At every turn, we are enticed to partake of things high in calories but low in content. Why is it so hard for us to push away from a table laden with scrumptious food and yet so difficult for us to scoot up to a table that offers the Bread of Life? Like babies, we often have to be trained to like what is good for us. We forget food is not given to entertain; its purpose is to sustain. Without it, we would die.
God’s Word is Life. It gives vitality to our spiritual bodies as physical food gives energy to our mortal bodies. We are invited to pull our chairs up to the Lord’s table―to taste and see that the Lord is good. Give God your appetite. The table He spreads before you is healthy and laden with the richest of fare―food high in content but low in calories. Now that’s a meal we should super-size! Overeating at the Lord’s table is impossible.
Set a good example. Eat plenty of life-giving food. Wolf it down with enjoyment. Eat it in front of others. Make dive-bomber noises if you must. They may just copy you.
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