Eat what you want

It’s not what goes into your body that defiles you; you are defiled by what comes from your heart.

Mark 7:15 (NLT)

Eat what you want. Food won’t affect your spirit (unless you’re a cannibal…). One must give the Pharisees A for effort, but it was misplaced. At every turn, they tried to prove Jesus wrong. All they wanted was one instance where they could point their fingers and tell the world that he was wrong. But in every instance, Jesus had the perfect response.

While the Jews were very much stuck on the rules and regulations regarding what was and what was not acceptable to eat, Jesus came right out and said that it didn’t matter! What goes in (and out) of our stomachs has no bearing on eternity. It’s what goes in and out of our hearts that makes the difference.

It is what comes from inside that defiles you. For from within, out of a person’s heart, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder,  adultery, greed, wickedness, deceit, lustful desires, envy, slander, pride, and foolishness. All these vile things come from within; they are what defile you.

Mark 7:20-23 (NLT)

Before we ever take part in any sinful action, it begins in our heart—our soul. If we allow it to dwell in us, it will come out eventually. This is why we are told to let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect. (Romans 12:2)

Don’t get caught up in the laws of the flesh, but rather be sure to guard the door of your spirit.

Daily Bible reading: Numbers 21-23, Mark 7:14-8:10

Contrite

For you will not delight in sacrifice, or I would give it;
you will not be pleased with a burnt offering,
The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit;
a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.

Psalm 51:16-17 (ESV)

So many people – believers and unbelievers alike – have it in their heads that God is looking for works of the flesh. That, when we do something against His Word, He requires us to do something to abase ourselves so that He can forgive us.

God does not require anything of us, but our humility and our contrition. Jesus already paid the price of the flesh. Why would we try to  do anything more? We can’t do anything more.

Daily Bible reading: Psalm 50-52; Acts 27:1-25

Cannibal

Imagine you were in Capernaum in the time Jesus walked the earth. You follow him because he performs miracles. You listen to him because he is wise. And then he says this:

Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. Whoever feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood will have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day. For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink.

John 6:53-55 (ESV)

Whoa there, Jesus. You want us to what?

One can easily see how the people were a bit offended by these words. Here was a man pretty much encouraging cannibalism. But there was no revelation. Remember that this is before the Book of Acts when the Holy Spirit showed up and filled the believers.

Mosey on down a few verses.

It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh is of no avail. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life.

John 6:63 (ESV)

Remember back to this post (or read it if you haven’t). Jesus and the Word are one and the same. And if you go one step further, Jesus and the Spirit are the same. God is Father, Spirit, and Son. Each are separate. All three are one. There is no way we can really wrap our minds around the concept of the trinity, but we know that the three-in-one has been around since before time. In Genesis, the first instance where God is mentioned, the Hebrew word used is actually plural. More than one. Three in one.

So if Jesus is the Word and Jesus is the Spirit, can we go one step further and say that Jesus isn’t really telling us to literally eat him (because, let’s face it, that’s gross), but rather to consume the Word. His words are spirit and life. By keeping his Word in us, we have life in us. We have the Spirit in us. We have Jesus in us.

Daily Bible reading: 2 Kings 20-22; John 6:45-71