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Spiritual food
Pastor Clark Schultz
by Pastor Clark Schultz
April 17, 2024

What is the most unique thing you have ever eaten? Let me take you to the island of Antigua. I was there on a mission trip to help the church there. Prior to departure, I was told to respect the culture and above all eat whatever was put in front of me. My first island stop was at a church member’s home, where she served fungee and pepperpot. This dish is a vegetable stew with salted meat and fungee—bread balls made with cornmeal. I remember the taste of my first bite to this day.

Matthew 3:4 tells us that John the Baptist’s diet consisted of “locusts and wild honey.” His attire, like his diet, was unique. This matched his message: “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near” (Matthew 3:2). The word repentance means “to turn from the direction you are heading and go in the opposite direction.”

Sometimes we find ourselves eating the “food” the world around us is serving. Dishes that include ingredients that cause us to look everywhere but to God for happiness and hope. But these things fail—they don’t taste good at all! Are you eating the spiritual food of the Word of God? John’s message is just as valid today: Repent and turn to the unique Savior Jesus—the Bread of life.