Weekly Devotional: "Food and Drink"

This devotional is based on Brian Chesemore's sermon, Food and Drink, given on September 11, 2016.

 

Day 1: Provision from God

Quotes:

  • “The entirety of the Christian life is to be taken up with the glory of God and that includes the daily act of eating and drinking.”Brian Chesemore
  • “Now if we ponder to what end God created food, we shall find that he meant not only to provide for necessity but also for delight and good cheer.” John Calvin

Questions and Reflections:

  • Explain why the Bible gives so much attention to food and drink? Why aren’t these subjects too trivial to have a place in our spirituality?
  • Put yourself in Adam’s place. You awaken to find a world full of countless beautiful, delicious, abundant food everywhere you turn. What would you assume about the God that freely gave you all this?
  • Explain why God made man to repeatedly eat, even feast, in order to live. What lesson(s) is he trying to teach us?

Prayer Recommendations:

  • Read Psalm 104:14-15. Praise God for creating food to be such a joy! Thank God for your favorite foods. Ask him to give you a deeper awareness of his generosity and love next time you eat them. Lastly, ask him to give you this same kind of hunger for fellowship with him.

 

Day 2: Fellowship with God

Quotes:

  • “Apparently, Jesus liked food and drink a lot. Others around him observed him eating…eating liberally. And drinking, liberally. He enjoyed these earthly expressions of the Heavenly Father’s generosity. And he enjoyed these meals as a means of disclosing himself and his father to his disciples. John says, ‘No one has ever seen God; the only God, who is at the Father’s side, he has made him known.’ So often Jesus made his father known over a meal.” Brian Chesemore
  • “Food and drink are gifts to strengthen our fellowship. May they, and every other liberty and secondary matter, be thought about, enjoyed, discussed, but never become our identity or cause for division.” Brian Chesemore

Questions and Reflections:

  • Jesus clearly loved hospitality. He even made it a priority, despite the fact he would receive criticism for it. Why was this regular practice of eating with others so important to Jesus? How was it a picture of Jesus’ mission?
  • Compare the value Jesus placed on hospitality with your own. What joy-increasing corrections does Jesus’ example invite you to make?
  • If God intended food and drink to be a means of celebration and godly fellowship, why does it sometimes become a divisive issue for Christians? How can we protect ourselves from such division and instead serve one another?

Prayer Recommendations:

  • Meditate on Revelation 3:20. Our God welcomes us into his presence for deep, unhurried fellowship with him! Pray that God would give you his heart for hospitality and opportunities to practice it over the coming months.

 

Day 3: The Grace of God

Quotes:

  • “The Savior actually did come to eat with tax collectors and sinners. His invite list is made up solely of the undeserving. He wouldn’t have it any other way. And the meals he took in with laughter, lavish feasting…that abundance was a beautiful expression of what Jesus came to abundantly offer: Grace.” Brian Chesemore
  • “This is the meal that Christians cherish because each time we take it, we are reminded of what is truly the essential…the matter of first importance. That God so loved the world that he expressed that love by sending his beloved son, the Bread of Life, to take on flesh, to fulfill a righteous life, then to suffer, bleed, and die, bearing the wrath and punishment that sinners like me and you richly deserve. He did all this so that we might know forgiveness, fellowship, the very welcome of God.” Brian Chesemore

Questions and Reflections:

  • The biblical feasts, the Bread of Life, the Lord’s Supper, and the Wedding Supper of the Lamb…why does God so love the illustration of meals? How do they symbolize his desire for his people?
  • What’s the connection between our meals here on earth and our longing for heaven?

Prayer Recommendations:

  • Isaiah 25:6-9 paints a glorious picture of the rich grace God has in store for all his people! On that day we will together taste and see that the Lord is good like we have never done before. Thank God for this glorious hope we have in Jesus, and ask him to remind you of it through your earthly meals here and now.

 

Group Discussion Questions:

  • If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, and continually thank God for his grace-filled provision of that food, what would it be?
  • Brian reminded us, “When you bring others in to enjoy a meal together, you are reflecting the kindness and provision of God.” Whose home have you been invited into recently to share a meal? How did this remind you of the kindness and provision of God?
  • Read Romans 14:13-19 with the group. Although eating and drinking are given to us by God, it is important not to make this specific form of grace a primary issue within the church. How have you witnessed others in the church pursue peace and mutual up-building in relation to their brothers and sisters with different secondary convictions? How might you specifically do this when it comes to eating and drinking?