Recently, I watched a documentary about the Ketogenic diet. This diet is basically eating everything God has given us through nature. Processed, sugary and greasy foods are all off limits. Meats, vegetables, eggs, nuts and fruits are all up for grabs. The film detailed how this type of eating will change everyone’s life, no matter what type of life someone led up until that point. One young girl who lived with nonverbal autism and chronic seizures began speaking, and her seizures decreased in a matter of weeks! Another lady cured herself of an aggressive breast cancer without ever going through chemotherapy, radiation or surgery all by her food choices.
After meditating on this type of eating as a lifestyle, I couldn’t help but think this is exactly how life is for us spiritually when we give our lives to Christ. The one decision to accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior changes our lives from the inside out, no matter what we did prior.
“For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.
So, from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: the old has gone, the new is here! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: be reconciled to God. God made him who had no sin to be sin for us so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” (2 Corinthians 5:14-21 NIV)
Because of our relationship with God through Christ, we should expect our lives to change. I’ve heard it once said that day by day, month by month and year by year, we should be able to look back and see transformation in ourselves. Everything we need to have a life full of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control and forgiveness is wrapped in our relationship with Christ (Galatians 5:22-23, Ephesians 4:32).
Before the family of the young girl with autism began the Keto diet, her father said, “The hardest part is having a child that can’t speak.” I’d imagine similarly this must be how God feels when we avoid Him in our prayers, by thinking we have strayed too far that we can no longer come to Him in prayer, or knowing Him and only throwing a few words His way and expecting a full return on that prayer. God wants a relationship with us–it’s what we were created for. We will never get into a place where God won’t accept us. He is a good Father, who is waiting for us to come to Him for fruitful conversations where we speak and wait for His still, quiet, all-knowing voice to break through the silence or drop into our spirits amid our praying.
Once we decide to follow Christ…
“‘What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived’— the things God has prepared for those who love him—these are the things God has revealed to us by his Spirit.” (1 Corinthians 2:9-10 NIV)
Happy Father’s Day to our good, good Father who transforms us.