I'M NOT EATING THAT! - The Prophetic Scribe Devotional
And he became very hungry, and would have eaten: but while they made ready, he fell into a trance, And saw heaven opened, and a certain vessel descending upon him, as it had been a great sheet knit at the four corners, and let down to the earth: Wherein were all manner of fourfooted beasts of the earth, and wild beasts, and creeping things, and fowls of the air. And there came a voice to him, Rise, Peter; kill, and eat. But Peter said, Not so, Lord; for I have never eaten any thing that is common or unclean. ~ Acts 10:10-14 (KJV)~
I'm not eating that!
In the above scripture, Peter has a vision from God where God uses food as the example. In the vision, Peter is told to eat food that is unclean to a Jew. He is perplexed until men show up inviting him to the home of a devout believer that is a Gentile. Peter, then understood that God was showing him that ministering to these non-Jewish believers was more important than his tradition. If they were in Christ, they were made clean, so Peter was not allowed to treat them as common or unclean just because they were of a different nationality. [Acts 10: 28]
Sometimes, we can get so caught up in the tradition or religion of our eating habits that we miss opportunities to fellowship with people outside of our own community or of other cultures. Personally, I have always been an adventurous eater. I like to try new, different and interesting foods. I also like meeting new and interesting people, but I know people that are not so open-minded. One example is when I invited someone to dinner who refused to dine in Chinatown with Chinese people because they eat with sticks. However, when I ventured into Chinatown on my own, people who did not speak my language happily instructed me how to eat with chopsticks. Love is a universal language that is easily expressed through warmth and a smile. The next time I went to Chinatown to eat, I was welcomed with open arms, smiles and broken English because my new friends wanted to greet me in my own language. We shared our names and over time exchanged gifts and a friendship developed that ultimately bridged a gap in a community that separated people of different cultures and nationalities.
So, the next time someone invites you to try something new, look at it as an opportunity to learn and share your love. Let your light shine, so they can see Christ in you.