November 1 – Blessed to Eat What Is Served

In Paul’s straightforward way of speaking, he tells the Corinthians to worry a whole lot less about what others think and a whole lot more about what God says. “…I’m not going to walk around on eggshells worrying about what small-minded people might say; I’m going to stride free and easy, knowing what our large-minded Master has already said. If I eat what is served to me, grateful to God for what is on the table, how can I worry about what someone will say? I thanked God for it and he blessed it!” Paul’s teaching here has to do with food that has been sacrificed to idols. I don’t think we have eaten idol food, but we sure have had our share of interesting meals. Often I’m asked to describe some of the weirdest food I’ve eaten while serving in Asia. One dinner comes to mind. While at the village home of good friends an intriguing trio was placed on the short, round wooded table: snakes and snails and mountain cat tails. We thanked God for the meal and He blessed our time of sharing His love as we shared special food. Paul gives us all good perspective about gratefully eating what is served to us. It can be a little mind stretching and take us out of our comfort zones to eat unfamiliar food, but seeking to connect to people of different cultures may open up doors for sharing with them Jesus, the Bread of Life.

1 Corinthians 10:29b-30 MSG