Previously, in the “Are You Living a Blessed Life” post, I mentioned two criteria for living the blessed life.
1. You do not work for food that spoils
2. You understand and believe the one and only ‘Blessing’ comes from God and gives life.
This post talks about the third criteria and it speaks about the food that blessed people eat.
Would you agree that we grew up in a society where abundance is pictured as a fat man seated in front of a table filled with much food and money?
Yes, because even until now the “blessed life” is often portrayed or exhibited through the presence of food on the table.
To many of us, the variety and quantity of food stocked in the pantry or refrigerator are used as a gauge for being blessed, aren’t they?
If you’re on Facebook (and other social media), you will observe that the common description of “blessed life” are images (photos or videos) of foods eaten and served at expensive restaurants and hotel dining.
Again, there’s nothing wrong with sharing your awesome photos of delicious food you’re eating to portray your luxurious and privileged living.
Having worked hard for it, you deserve all praises and admiration (or scorn and envy from your detractors) of your friends. Of course, how would they know the good life you have if you don’t share it in the fellowship or on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and other social media sites.
But then again, to label yourself as “blessed” or “richly blessed” by the Lord on the basis of the quantity and quality of food you possess, I think there’s need for you to examine deeper the real food that real blessed people eat.
By labelling yourself as “blessed” or “richly blessed” for all the abundance you have, are you implying that those who have less or none at all aren’t blessed?
This brings us to the third criteria of living the blessed life.
Please be ready to be disappointed because none of those expensive and rare foods that have been used to convey a blessed life qualify as the real food.
3. You consume real food and real drink
Talking to the crowd that followed him, Jesus Christ said, “For my flesh is real food and my blood is real drink.”
Please be clarified more by reading John 6:53-59:
- Jesus said to them, “Very truly I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you.
- Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day.
- For my flesh is real food and my blood is real drink.
- Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me, and I in them.
- Just as the living Father sent me and I live because of the Father, so the one who feeds on me will live because of me.
- This is the bread that came down from heaven. Your ancestors ate manna and died, but whoever feeds on this bread will live forever.”
- He said this while teaching in the synagogue in Capernaum.
So, have you “eaten” of the real food and real drink that God has offered us?
Are you one of the blessed people who feed daily on “the bread that came down from heaven”?
Saying “Yes!” confidently means you are living the blessed life indeed.