How many times a day do you ask yourself “what should I eat?” Often this thought is accompanied by comparing one food or another in the scale of “how will this effect my body?” One third of Americans are overweight making diet a hot topic of conversation. But is all the talk about the best foods to eat bringing about better health, or is it consuming our thought and keeping us from feeling satisfied with our health and body image?
Jesus had an interesting relationship with food. He started his career with a forty day fast in the wilderness. He then went on to be a prominent guest at the extravagant feasts of wealthy tax collectors and pharisees. This was probably why Jesus’ detractors called him a glutton and a winebibber. These various accounts seem to paint contrary images of how the master treated food. In the context of Jesus teachings in the sermon on the mount it makes more sense: “take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink?… But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” Whether he was fasting or feasting, Jesus wasn’t concerned with what he was or wasn’t eating. The substance that he sought was spiritual.
Jesus was nourished by the spiritual sustenance of Divine Love. Instead of putting stock in material food to make him whole and healthy, he relied first on Spirit for nourishment. Mary Baker Eddy explains this in her book Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures on page 388 where she writes “The fact is, food does not affect the absolute Life of man, and this becomes self-evident, when we learn that God is our Life.” The more we learn about this spiritual fact the less we will look to food to fill up the perceived shortcomings in our life. In doing so the spiritual qualities of health, completeness, and beauty are reflected on the body and we will find dominion over material food.
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