I tell you the truth, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. John 6:53 NIV
“No, don’t do it.” I watched as he shoved something that wiggled into his mouth. “Awe…nasty!”
I couldn’t get to my year-old son fast enough. There was no hope for the bug he’d managed to squeeze between his pudgy fingers and certainly no discretion as to what he poked into his mouth. Like any mom, I grabbed my son, squished his cheeks together and rammed my finger between his sharp little choppers.
I tucked Chase under my arm like a quarterback sheltering his football and raced to the kitchen. Leaping over toys, laundry, and the dog, my elbow caught the faucet and pushed it on so I could gently wash my son’s mouth. Truthfully, it was a fruitless effort. The bug was swallowed. All that remained was a tiny black leg trapped in the gum over Chase’s front tooth.
To the Travel Channel’s foodie, Andrew Zimmerman, eating oddities is…well…yummy. Andrew says one man’s poison is another man’s delicacy. I say good for him. I don’t put anything in my mouth that is still kicking and I’d have preferred that Chase would have done the same.
The world feeds us nasty food and we’re told continually how tasty it is. Serve a child a plate filled with violence, sex, and drugs—top it off with a dessert of language and look what they ingest. A yummy plated meal, disguised to look delightful… is still really bugs. Jesus said, unless we eat of Him…know Him…we will have no life in us.
I rinsed Chase’s little mouth with clear water then picked the leftover leg from his gum. My stomach turned but Chase in his innocence, grinned. The bug looked pretty tasty to him and apparently was. He didn’t know the danger. This little child needed to be protected. Just because it tasted good didn’t mean it was healthy.
One man’s poison truly is another’s delicacy. Satan knows that, so he encourages us to taste. Just one taste. It’s not so bad. It’s a bug, ummmm. Try it.
Christ is the flesh you want to consume. Believe in Him. Trust Him. Dine on what is good, right, noble, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent, and praise worthy. Don’t be deceived by what the world says is delectable. Order from the menu of eternal life. It’s the best meal you’ll ever eat.
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