Several years ago now, our family largely gave up eating out. We did it because we were trying to be financially responsible, but there was a huge health benefit as well. Rather than eating from various fast food or dine-in restaurants, we would cook more meals at home and pack lunches for work.
At first, it was quite a challenge as my body adjusted to the new diet. Not only did I eventually get used to eating healthier food, but my body also started reacting negatively to the old foods I used to eat. Every now and then we have to stop for fast food, and I often regret it later. The grease, salt, and preservatives that are in the food make me physically sick. It wasn’t until I quit eating poor food that I realized how detrimental it was to my body.
Our spirit works in a similar fashion. We feed our spiritual selves with poor food—gossip, unwholesome television and movies, dishonesty and more—and wonder why we don’t grow closer to Christ. But when we feast on good spiritual food, our soul is strengthened and we grow closer to Jesus.
And he took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” And likewise the cup after they had eaten, saying, “This cup that is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood. Luke 22:19-20
Right before He died, Jesus gave us an incredible gift—a meal to share with each other where we receive forgiveness of sins and food for our souls. Jesus meets us right where we are in that moment and feeds us with the most mysterious of food—His own body and blood—that we might be strengthened in our faith.
What are you feeding your soul? Jesus calls us to His table, to be fed with His very presence. And this meal leads to spiritual life in Jesus!