Outside of recess the second favorite part of the day for many students is lunch. While many students enjoy the time of fellowship with friends, there are those who sit by themselves feeling condemned, judged, and the topic of conversation by those around them. As students of Christ, we should be diligent in what we pack in our own lunch boxes and what we share around the table. Are we feeding and eating the flesh at the lunch table or the Spirit?
For the entire law is fulfilled in one statement: Love your neighbor as yourself. But if you bite and devour one another, watch out, or you will be consumed by one another. Galatians 5:14-15
As we sit around the table, whether in bible study groups, Sunday school classes or in homes, fellow students of Christ have the opportunity to either build up or tear down the rest of the body of Christ (Ephesians 4:29). As the above verse warns us, we must be careful to not “eat our own.” Under the guise of concern or offering a prayer request, many fellow believers are bitten, devoured, and consumed by other believers instead of loving one another as we love ourselves. James Bryan Smith in his book, The Good and Beautiful Life: Putting on the Character of Christ, says this about the loving others instead of consuming them:
Refusing to gossip and trusting God to help us silence as much gossip as we can is one of the most loving things we can do for others.
How do we silence as much gossip as we can? By packing the right things in our lunch box. Not things that will breed more gossip, but things that will bear good fruit in our own lives and the lives of others. We must not feed the flesh, but the Spirit.
“If you find honey, eat only what you need; otherwise, you’ll get sick from it and vomit.” Proverbs 25:16
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith, gentleness, self-control.” Galatians 5:22-23
If our lunchbox only contains sugar and snacks, we will end up sick and not able to participate in the rest of the school day. In addition, our illness renders us useless to those around us. So instead of packing things that only feed our flesh and make us sick, we should be diligent to pack the fruit that gives health and life to our own bodies and others. When we pack love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith, gentleness, and self-control, then we are able to share good fruit at the lunch table and not bad. It is then that we show how much we love others as ourselves because we have packed what is good for both.
“For the bread of God is the One who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.” Then they said, ‘Sir, give us this bread always!’ I am the bread of life, Jesus told them. ‘No one who comes to Me will ever be hungry, and no one who believes in Me will ever be thirsty again.’” John 6:33-35
May we never leave the house without the bread of life in our lunch boxes!! Daily consuming and packing the bread of life should remain always a priority in our diet. If we run off and leave the most important part of our lunch, we will be left hungry and thirsty throughout the day. In addition, if someone else leaves their lunch, how can we share the gospel with them if we haven’t packed it in our own lunch box?
“I am Yahweh your God, who brought you up from the land of Egypt. Open your mouth wide and I will fill it.” Psalm 81:10
“Those who hunger and thirst for righteousness are blessed, for they will be filled.” Matthew 5:6
Lastly, we must come to the table hungry. Even if we pack the right things in our lunch box, but we never actually open our mouths and partake of the right food, it is as if we never ate. We have to be willing to open our mouths and we have to come hungry!!
Homework-Repack the Lunch Box
What does your lunchbox contain? Do you need to take out some of the fleshly foods and replace them with spiritual food? This weekend take some time to work through the following verses and allow God to repack your lunchbox with the foods He desires for you to devour and share with others.
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