Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labor for that which does not satisfy? Listen diligently to me, and eat what is good, and delight yourselves in rich food. (Isaiah 55:2)
The Bread of Life never expires, never goes stale. Preachers who come offering us some other gospel that is “newer” and “fresher” are handing out junk food at best, deadly poison at worst. Only the Bread of Life they falsely accuse of being stale and expired nourishes our souls.
Watch out for cotton candy, feel good, fuzzy preaching and teaching that appeals to our appetites but lacks substance. The true gospel challenges us to change, to grow–by the power of the Holy Spirit, in grace, through faith, not by our own fleshy strength, granted. It doesn’t have to be a stone, and watch out for bones, but a good study of the Bible takes some thought, challenges us to prayerfully evaluate ourselves and our lives and calls us to a closer walk with God while nourishing our souls.
And let’s not forget Christ proclaimed of himself, “I am the Bread of Life.” We need the Word Made Flesh as well as the written word. As Isaiah 55:1 said, “And you who have no money, come, buy and eat. Yes, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.” It doesn’t matter how spiritually impoverished you are due to sin. Come, naked and poor, wretched and blind, come. Christ has paid the cost. Lay it down, whether for the first time or the thousandth, receive the Lord. He is knocking. Sup with him today.
Thank you, Lord, for being the Bread of Life. Thank you for nourishing our souls. Lead us in your way. Show us anything we’ve been holding back from you, any area you want to work on in us next.Turn us from self-idolatry to serve you first, not our own flesh’s appetites and desires. Warn us when we’re being offered spiritual junk food and give us ears attentive to your voice. Transform us by the renewing of our minds. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.