DayBreaks for 2/12/16 – Road Kill or the Bread of Life?

DayBreaks for 2/12/16: Road Kill or the Bread of Life?

From the DayBreaks archive, February 2006:

Bizarre News, 2/1/06: CORNWALL, England – A retired British civil servant is writing a cook book about his passion of more than 50 years – road kill. Arthur Boyt, 66, of Cornwall, England, said he has eaten dead animals he found along the roadside since he was 13. “It’s good meat for free and I know nobody has been messing with it and feeding it hormones,” Boyt told Sky News.  “I’ve been doing it all my life and never been ill once,” he told The Guardian. Boyt, whose favorite snack is a badger sandwich, said he is putting his recipes in a road kill cookbook and has been invited to join celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay later this year.  

I’ve been told that in Texas there is a restaurant, perhaps a chain, called the Roadkill Café.  I really don’t know what they serve there, and I don’t know if I really do want to know.  I doubt that they really serve road kill.  I hope not.

It seems to me that we are creatures who prefer road kill to the Manna that comes from heaven.  People I know who have been around church for years, but who have never made a decision for Christ, are somewhat like Arthur Boyt.  A feast has been prepared, but they continue to eat road kill.  Why?  Because “road kill” doesn’t cost anything – Christianity does.  Jesus told his followers over and over and over again that Christianity is costly – it’ll cost you everything you have, including losing your life if you want to find life. 

And so, not wanting to pay the price, people keep eating road kill.  They feel like they’ve been eating it for so long ant it’s never “hurt” them.  That may be…or at least it may appear to be true.  But you know what?  It only takes eating bad food once and you may die.  The day will come when road kill isn’t available any longer, and those who have never taken in the Bread of Life will wish that they’d changed their diets. 

Mr. Boyt says that he knows no one has been messing with road kill.  Jesus died so we don’t have to eat that trash any longer.  From a spiritual standpoint, it is the Word of God which will endure forever – and we can know that no one has messed with the Word!

John 6:51-58 NLT –I am the living bread that came down out of heaven. Anyone who eats this bread will live forever; this bread is my flesh, offered so the world may live.”  Then the people began arguing with each other about what he meant. “How can this man give us his flesh to eat?” they asked.  So Jesus said again, “I assure you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you cannot have eternal life within you.   But those who eat my flesh and drink my blood have eternal life, and I will raise them at the last day.  For my flesh is the true food, and my blood is the true drink.  All who eat my flesh and drink my blood remain in me, and I in them.  I live by the power of the living Father who sent me; in the same way, those who partake of me will live because of me.  I am the true bread from heaven. Anyone who eats this bread will live forever and not die as your ancestors did, even though they ate the manna. 

TODAY’S PRAYER:  Jesus, we are so prone to settle for less than you offer to us.  We are content with road kill when You are the bread that gives us life.  May we take your life into us, so that we may live in your power forever.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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DayBreaks for 05/14/13 – What We Feed Ourselves

DayBreaks for 05/14/13 – What We Feed Ourselves

NOTE: I am on a missions trip/internship to Africa and will be gone until 5/25.  Please pray for God’s work to go forth mightily, for protection for myself and those with whom I will be working, and for my wife in my absence!  Thank you…I cherish your prayers!  You will be receiving DayBreaks as usual (from the archive) until I’ve returned.

article-maggots-1212From Bizarre News, Berlin, Germany: “On the popular reality shows, contestants battle it out and eat insects to pass on to the next even or simply because they have nothing else to eat.  In Germany, however, insects are becoming the newest trend in restaurant dining.  Bored with traditional menu options, Germans bombarded a local restaurant that recently added insect dishes to its menu.  Chef Lars Scheuble of the Berlin Soda restaurant now cooks such meals as cockroach pasta, grasshopper and locust couscous, and sautéed maggots with green leaves.  His inspiration was a vacation to Africa and Thailand, where natives regularly eat insects.  ‘They have virtually no fat and in Africa they’re eaten instead of meal or as a snack,’ he said.  Customers have thus far been supportive and say the worms in the salads are ‘crunchy’.  According to the chef, ‘Nobody has complained about stomach problems yet.’”

I have one thing to say: YUCK!  Sauteed maggots?  Cockroach pasta??  Whatever became of the belief that “You are what you eat?”  What would that say about those who eat such food???  It is hard to believe that people would eat such stuff voluntarily, especially when surrounded by all the food in this country.  Yet, perhaps it shouldn’t be too surprising that there is a spiritual parallel to this: we are in possession of great “fare” yet we often feed ourselves with trash!

Still, there are numerous places in scripture where the word of God is described as food to be devoured and enjoyed: “How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!”  (Psalm 119:103)  But the point I’m most interested in is our propensity to fill ourselves with trash, thinking it is sweet.

In spite of my distaste for insect cuisine, Matthew 15:11 tells us that it isn’t what we eat that defiles us.  It’s what comes out of our mouths: “Not that which goeth into the mouth defileth a man; but that which cometh out of the mouth, this defileth a man.”  And Matthew, of course, is right, when talking about what we eat.  However, it is also true that what we feed our minds can defile us.  The things which we feed our hearts and minds can pollute us.  Consider this passage from the wise author or Proverbs: (Prov. 27:7) “He who is full loathes honey, but to the hungry even what is bitter tastes sweet.”  Isn’t it true of our culture?  People are so hungry for some happiness and meaning in their lives, some escape from the agonies of daily life, that even bad things taste good to them – they seek some new thrill at the expense of God’s word and their self-esteem.  They degrade themselves in all manner of ways that would seem disgusting to most of humanity.  And to them, it tastes sweet.

It is easy to fall into the same problem and behavior cycle as the rest of our contemporary culture.  Let’s make sure that what we are feeding our minds is wholesome.  We need to remember that when temptation comes to us, that although it may seem to taste sweet, that which is bitter is still bitter and it doesn’t produce a pleasant result in the long run.  Don’t consume Satan’s lies.  They can’t satisfy you with what you really long for!

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