I really enjoy cooking for people. Some of the best memories you can make is by cooking and seeing your family and friends enjoy it.
One of the things about food is that it meets a certain need. We all need sustenance to survive and function. We all know that we can't go very long without food and water, or we would wither away and die. Over the years food has become something that we enjoy. Now don't get me wrong. I love food. I love how it is prepared, and the finished product that comes from it. I love the taste of food. We must, however, never forget that food and drink is a basic necessity that we all need and never take it for granted.
It reminds me of a passage of scripture in Matthew where he met the basic need before he taught them:
Matthew 14:13-21 King James Version (KJV)
13 When Jesus heard of it, he departed thence by ship into a desert place apart: and when the people had heard thereof, they followed him on foot out of the cities.14 And Jesus went forth, and saw a great multitude, and was moved with compassion toward them, and he healed their sick.15 And when it was evening, his disciples came to him, saying, This is a desert place, and the time is now past; send the multitude away, that they may go into the villages, and buy themselves victuals.
16 But Jesus said unto them, They need not depart; give ye them to eat.
17 And they say unto him, We have here but five loaves, and two fishes.
18 He said, Bring them hither to me.
19 And he commanded the multitude to sit down on the grass, and took the five loaves, and the two fishes, and looking up to heaven, he blessed, and brake, and gave the loaves to his disciples, and the disciples to the multitude.
20 And they did all eat, and were filled: and they took up of the fragments that remained twelve baskets full.
21 And they that had eaten were about five thousand men, beside women and children.
So Jesus met the physical need of hunger first so he could tell us of another need we have.
What if I told you there is another basic need that we all have that is necessary for life? What if I told you that if we go very long without this need we will wither away and die? What If I told you that this need is already paid for? What if I told you that this is free? That sounds great! Is it too good to be true? Yes it does sound too good to be true! But the fact is, it is true.
This is not something we eat to fill our body. This is something for our soul. Do you ever think of spiritual things? If you do, do you know what it takes to get to Heaven? The Bible is quite clear what it takes to get to heaven. However, here are some things that will not get a person to heaven:
The Bible mentions in John 3 that you "must be born again". Have you been born again? Has there been a time when you had a definite experience with Christ? If you answer this question with a "no", or you are not sure, there is hope!
There is bad news and good news that must be shared. Giving the bad news first, this is what we must realize:
We are all sinners.
To be a sinner means that God has and is an absolute moral standard, and because we do not meet that standard, we sin against God. Whenever we lie, steal, are disobedient to parents, gossip, and have an impure thought, we willfully commit an unholy act against a holy God. No one is immune to sin. Romans 3:23 states, “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;”
So in order for us to have this "spiritual food", we must get to a place that we are a sinner. When you get to that place we can understand the consequences to our sin.
The consequences of sin is “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” The "wages" listed here is what we owe God for our sin. Now death is a part of life. Everyone is going to die one day. The
"death" listed here is not just a physical death, but a spiritual one:
Behold, all souls are mine; as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine: the soul that sinneth,it shall die.
Spiritual death means total separation between ourselves and God. We will not be able to go to heaven if we have sin. We will be separated from God in a place called Hell, a real place of torment.
Wait a second. If we all have sinned, and sin cannot enter heaven, then is no one going to heaven? No! This is where the good news comes in.
Jesus Christ died for our sins.
Jesus is God in the flesh. He is perfect. When he died on the cross, he took every sin that we would ever commit, and put it on Himself. Therefore, He is THE ONE who can remove the sin so you can enter heaven. You have to realize that Jesus died for you in a personal way, not just a general way. If you personally sinned against God, you must personally receive God. Some scriptures of the love of God:
John 3:16King James Version (KJV)
16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
1 Corinthians 15:3
For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;
By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
So we must believe that Jesus died for our own personal sins. But the story doesn't end there! He rose from the dead:
That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
1 Corinthians 15:4
And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third dayaccording to the scriptures:
So we first admit out sin, then have to accept the only way to remove our sin is to know Jesus died for them, and also know that Jesus rose from the dead. So if you have knowledge of those things, you must confirm that in your heart. Just knowing about Jesus is different than having a relationship with Him. So what must we do?
Do you believe these things? If you want to tell them to God, you can recite a prayer like the one below. Now remember, it is not the prayer that saves you, it is the attitude of the heart.
Father, I want to come to you and admit to you I am a sinner. I know that there is know other way to get to Heaven but by Jesus Christ. I believe that Jesus was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, and died on the cross for my own personal sins. I believe that He was buried, and on the third day He rose from the dead. I repent of my sins, and I now confess Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. I thank you for hearing my prayer. In Jesus name, Amen.
If you prayed that prayer, and meant it, you are now a child of God! If you did receive Christ by reading words of this page, let me know by contacting me! If you still have questions or are unsure, send me an email! Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
What do I do now? Here are some things you need to do with your new relationship with Christ.
I will finish with this. If I had to give up cooking food, the joys that come with it, the taste of cooking something yummy, so that one soul would come to know Jesus Christ, I would. Always remember the things in this world are temporal, but the salvation of God is eternal! Please share this page with others!
Chris Hunnicutt-The Pastor Chef