Written by Amy Byrd.
Our taste buds are a tiny, yet terrific part of our body. Think about it…you have a spoon that is a bit larger than your mouth which you use to scoop up a generous bite of warm, gooey hot fudge cake topped with vanilla ice cream which merges on your spoon into a dripping, yummy bite of delicious. Are you salivating? The taste memory that is created from our taste buds causes us to enjoy and savor our food. We must have food for sustained life and energy. God could have created us to pop a food pill once a day and never have the pleasure of taste, but I think he had a grander purpose than our dining pleasure in mind.
Taste buds are receptors of our food that are sensitive to four different flavors: sweet, sour, salty and bitter. Personally, I must admit that my sweet receptors have a much larger muscle from over use…just sayin’. As we choose our food and place it in our mouth, the taste buds begin their job of identifying which category to place the food in so a message can be sent to our brain for a reaction. We either place the taste in a good food memory bank, or put it in a yuck, that was nasty category. Thus begins our love affair, and sadly sometimes a lust affair with food.
I have struggled with weight issues all of my life. Many times I was the girl that, well-meaning, yet very insensitive people would seek out to say this ridiculous statement to as they looked me over, “Honey, you have the most beautiful face!” To be very honest, I would giggle in response, glad that I had something compliment worthy, because what do you say to that? “Oh thank you. Now tell me what you think about the rest of me!” Truthfully, the call to eat food, and way too much of it, has been a strong and lusty cry of my flesh. In fact it became the great contributor to several adverse health issues that I deal with daily. Over the past few years, I have allowed the Lord to gain some control over my eating habits and I have lost about eighty pounds, however I still deal with the call of my taste buds. You see, the pleasure of taste, chew and swallow is still an ever present desire.
Much like our physical taste buds, we are created with spiritual taste buds. Jesus told us in Matthew 5:6:
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
What does it look like to be hungry and thirsty for righteousness? Righteousness means acting in an upright or moral way (Dictionary.com) I believe when we are born into the family of God; He creates a desire in us to be what God has declared us to be, holy and righteous. When He replaced our old, fat carnal nature with the beautiful Spirit of His Son, all He sees in us is Jesus. That should urge us to watch what we eat in order to stay spiritually fit, ready to run the race. Many times the cravings of our flesh overshadow our hunger and thirst for righteousness and we become fat with the weight of a sinful lifestyle. We need to go on a diet from the enticing lure of the world and focus on the Bread of Life.
Jesus declared, I am the Bread of Life. He who comes to me will never go hungry,
and he who believes in me will never be thirsty.
What are you craving? Are you feasting at a table that is full of the delicacies of the truth of God’s Word? Let’s make healthy spiritual food choices so our growth spurt will indicate who we are: strong and fit daughters of the King!
Taste and see that the LORD is good…
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