Breakfast for Real Champions

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bfastEveryone knows that breakfast is the most important meal of the day.  Before his big matches, tennis superstar Roger Federer enjoys coffee, fruit, cereal, a shot of vinegar, and waffles drizzled with raspberry syrup.  Amar’e Stoudemire’s personal chef whips up a solid meal of a huge omelet and fruit.  This six-time NBA all-star washes it all down with green juice and coconut water.  High powered men know that the first meal of the day will set the tone.

I believe that’s why Jesus called Himself the Bread of Life in John 6.  He had just fed over five thousand hungry mouths with five loaves and two fish.  Later in the chapter, the people come to Jesus for more miracles.  They prod Jesus by telling Him that Moses gave them bread in the desert.  Jesus counters by giving God the glory for the miracle of manna and says, “My Father gives you the true bread from heaven.  For the bread of God is He who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.”  (John 6:32-33)  Most Christians are familiar with the bread metaphor.  We know that when we “eat” Jesus, or ask Him into our hearts by spending time in the Word, we receive spiritual energy.

But there is more to this metaphor.  Jesus compares Himself to manna.  This food from heaven was small, round, and as fine as frost.  The Hebrews had to collect it off the ground before the sun melted it away.  They gathered the exact amount they needed for each day.  By alluding to Himself as manna, Jesus teaches about worship.  The best time to get the Bread of Life is first thing in the morning before the strain and stress of the day.  The Bible says, “Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness.” (Matt. 6:33)  If we seek Jesus first, just like the Hebrews and their manna, we open up the rest of our day for God’s blessing.  We also need to get the Bread of Life every day.  We can’t survive on one big meal a week.  The principle applies to our spiritual life as well.  We need to “eat” every day.  Jesus declares, “I am the Bread of Life.  He who comes to Me shall never hunger.”  (Matt. 6:35)  If this is true, then why wouldn’t we spend the first part of our day, every day, meeting with Jesus.

Breakfast is important, but there is something better than raspberry waffles and coconut water.  There is Someone better.  Tomorrow morning before you make an omelet, sit down with God.  Open His Word and eat.  Psalm 34:8 says, “Taste and see that the Lord is good.”  Want to start your day right?  Start with the Breakfast of Champions.  Start with the Bread of Life.

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