Words from the Heart for Monday March 9th, 2020

Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of him who sent me, and to accomplish his work.”

John 4:34 (NIV)

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My Food

What’s known in our country as “peameal bacon” is branded as Canadian bacon just about everywhere else. Unlike traditional bacon, which comes from the pig’s belly, Canadian bacon is lean pork loin that’s been brined and rolled in cornmeal. Did you ever wonder how back bacon became known as Canadian bacon outside of Canada? During the turn of the century, Canada would export its pork to England, which was experiencing a shortage. At the time it was rolled in yellow peas for preservation, though over the years, that switched to cornmeal.

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Canadians love to eat. It shows in the popularity of cooking shows, and the obesity rates that are far too high in this country. In Jesus’ day, obesity wasn’t a problem. Many people lived a subsistence existence, and those that had enough to eat ate fresh food that was well prepared. There was no packaging in Jesus’ day. At one point in the early days of Jesus’ ministry, the disciples became concerned because they felt He hadn’t had enough to eat. As usual, Jesus uses their concern to teach them a spiritual principle of the Kingdom of God. He says in John 4:34: “Jesus said to them, ‘My food is to do the will of him who sent me, and to accomplish his work.’” Human beings need food to live. Food is the energy our bodies and minds need to function. Jesus uses that idea in a spiritual sense. Just as our bodies need nutrition, so do our souls. And the best nutrition is being in the centre of God’s will for our lives. Our food ought to be the same as Jesus’ – to do the will of our Heavenly Father.

These have been words from the heart.
Bob Beasley