We went out to dinner last night at one of my favorite restaurants. I over indulged – big time. I usually do when we go to this place. There were multiple reasons last night. The usual reason – I just love the food – was front runner. The bread is beyond fantastic, the soup is amazing, and the entree, which we split, is always too good to leave left overs. I was seriously so full I thought I was going to bust. The other reason I ate so much (or so I believe) was that I am an emotional eater. At first, I was good. Limit the bread. Half the soup. Don’t eat all the entree. But then, I got the call. My favorite and beloved elder, Brother George, had passed away. The indulgence began.
This morning, I was paying the price. My stomach was hurting. I still felt nauseous. I felt gross. “OOOOHHHHH, why did I eat so much?”, I called out. Then, there was a drop in my spirit.
There are people who are Spiritual Bread Overeaters. They enjoy their food. They soak it in, they are at every service, they are at every event. They fill up on the word of God.But you never see them serving anyone – anywhere. Then there are those who are emotional Spiritual Bread Overeaters. They buzz from church to church, revival service to revival service, filling up. They want to go where they can “feel” God. If they get upset, or offended, they leave just as quickly as they showed up. They are constantly searching for the next “big move”. They know all the scripture, they know all the lingo. They are super full of it all.
These “Spiritual Bread Overeaters” eat and eat and eat, but they NEVER give out. The word says in Luke 47-51“I’m telling you the most solemn and sober truth now: Whoever believes in me has real life, eternal life. I am the Bread of Life. Your ancestors ate the manna bread in the desert and died. But now here is Bread that truly comes down out of heaven. Anyone eating this Bread will not die, ever. I am the Bread—living Bread!—who came down out of heaven. Anyone who eats this Bread will live—and forever! The Bread that I present to the world so that it can eat and live is myself, this flesh-and-blood self.” This Is JESUS speaking. “The Bread that I present to the WORLD . . .” – to the WORLD. Before Jesus went to heaven his last command was to “Go into the world. Go everywhere and announce the Message of God’s good news to one and all. Whoever believes and is baptized is saved; whoever refuses to believe is damned.” (Matthew 16:16). He commissioned the disciples, which we are now, to tell the WORLD. We are to receive from him, hear his word, live in his goodness. Then we are to tell others about him and how awesome he is. We are not supposed to stuff ourselves full of his goodness and never tell anyone else about it! We should NOT be “Spiritual Bread Overeaters”! Whether it’s just because we enjoy the food, or because we are emotional eaters, we can not hoard his gifts. We have to SHARE his goodness (Psalm 34:8 “Taste and see that the LORD is good”) with others!
So, I challenge you, take a look at your life. Are YOU a “Spiritual Bread Overeater”? If so, step up to the commission and lose some of your weight, so that you can be filled again!