You Are What You Eat

As I get ready for a much needed vacation, I???ve been flooded with thoughts on all sorts of subjects???too many to tackle at once.  The temptation would be for me to spend a great deal of my down-time writing, but I believe that what is needed most is some alone-time with scripture.

On that note, we can all say we???ve heard the line ???You are what you eat,??? meaning that we are most like what we surround ourselves with.  As a person that believes in and even heavily focuses on transformation, I can say that there isn???t a stronger truth out there when it comes to being a Christian.  One of the things that has gotten my attention the most lately has been our culture???s attempt at improving the word of God, changing views on orthodox belief and 2,000 of interpretation (and you name the subject, someone is justifying something).  So let???s look at this: can a fallen and depraved culture, filled with the desire to please itself really improve on the holy scriptures?  It begs the question, ???Just what IS the Bible????  I would say that in the next several years, we will see groups, factions, sects, and denominations begin to define this and even take a stand.

The word of God will divide us, because its job is to spout forth truth.  

34???Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth; I have not come to bring peace, but a sword. 35For I have come to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law; 36and one???s foes will be members of one???s own household. 37Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me; 38and whoever does not take up the cross and follow me is not worthy of me. 39Those who find their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will find it.

This scripture asks, ???Who do you love????  Will you love your issue, your lifestyle, your fallen identity?  Or will you love God and welcome the transformation that comes through a relationship God?  There are those that will accept truth and those that will justify it.  But what I want to put forth is this: place yourself at the mercy of God???s word, holding fast to its truths, whether it tastes good or not, and see, simply see, what happens.  If we open ourselves up to what God desires to do through his Holy Spirit in the scriptures, we may find the transformation that circumcises the heart.  

The point?  You are what you eat.  If you take in scripture and make it your diet, you may just find that not only will you acquire a taste for it, but it will acquire you as well.  God???s desire is to live inside us, full and well (John 14.21-23).  If we obey, if we submit, God will honor that and be alive and well within us, because we have chosen to make him our hope and our center (James 4.7).  If this whole thing is about conforming to the image of Christ, then I say we take in both the Word of God (the Son) and the word of God (the scriptures).  

So, look around you.  Here???s the menu.  In the words of the Varsity, ???What???ll Ya Have?!???  You are what you eat.

Rev. Whit R. Martin
Pastor, New Liberty United Methodist Church

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