Jesus said, “I am the bread of life. Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and are dead. This is the bread which comes down from heaven, that one may eat of it and not die. I am the living bread which came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread that I shall give is My flesh, which I shall give for the life of the world.” (John 6:48-51 NKJV)
“Eat your breakfast, Kathryne.”
I heard those words constantly growing up. I’m not a breakfast eater to this day. Never have been. As a kid, I’d fake mom out by leaving a bowl and spoon in the kitchen sink with cereal and milk residue. Just enough to not get yelled at. Crazy!
As an adult, I force myself to ingest a small amount of nutritional fuel along with my morning coffee. Yes, I’m a coffee lover … addicted and passionate about it. Coffee alone, however, doesn’t provide the nutrition I need to energize my day.
But what about spiritual breakfast?
As a Christian, do you ever struggle with reading your bible in the morning? I know I do. We know all the reasons we are supposed to read our bible: to strengthen ourselves spiritually, encourage ourselves, grow our faith, increase our knowledge of God, increase our wisdom, gain guidance, etc.
It’s like dieting: you know you’re supposed to eat healthy … you know WHAT to do … but you don’t really WANT to. Here’s what worked for me. Maybe it can work for you.
I force myself to eat healthy foods at first, trying different ones until I find ones I like. Then after a while, I begin to sincerely enjoy the taste. Once the enjoyment factor kicks in, it’s easy sailing. I begin craving healthy food.
Reading the bible has followed the same pattern in my life. I may have started off because I was told “it was good for me” but along the way, the spiritual food tasted so good that I return to the feasting table to dine with God readily, even eagerly.
So maybe if we view it less as lifeless drudgery and seek after the Ultimate Writer Himself, the Bible will come alive. John 6:63 tells us, “It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life.”
When I began viewing my daily Bible time as personal time with God, it changed. It became less about the book and all about the Person. Enjoying the Word of God is related to enjoying the God of His Word.
So reframe how you’re viewing your devotional time. Think of the Bible as living bread and eat your spiritual breakfast, kiddos!
Christian inspirational writer of truth that makes darkness tremble. Author of Lion in My Garden devotional.