Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest – Mat. 11:28 (NKJV)
There is show that airs on the TLC network in the United States called My 600-lb Life. Each episode follows a year in the life of a morbidly obese person, who starts the episode weighing around 600 lbs., and attempts to reduce his or her weight to a healthy level. The weight reduction is typically assisted by gastric bypass surgery. These people are so unhealthy and obese that they must lose weight to even have the surgery, as the surgery itself is not without significant risks.
If you have ever watched any of the episodes, it becomes clear the trigger for morbid obesity goes well beyond eating to satisfy a physical appetite. These people often have deep-seated emotional wounds. Eating become a means of masking the pain of these wounds, but brings along its own set of unhealthy issues in the process.
Truth be told, many of us are living our own 600-lb lives. We may not be morbidly obese physically, but we are “obese” in other areas of our lives. No one is exempt from deep emotional wounding. We often seek to mask the pain of the wounds of inappropriate ways. Your food of choice might be overspending, drugs abuse (either legal or illegal), illicit affairs, pornography, excessive “screen time” or a host of other diversions. For others, their food of choice might be socially acceptable such as workaholism, but the effects can be no less devastating to them personally and those who are close to them.
Jesus, the master surgeon, has promised to perform the divine gastric bypass on our souls. Jesus told his disciples, “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” Mat. 11:28 – 30 (NKJV).
In the physical realm, all surgery has risks and side effects, and gastric bypass surgery is among the riskiest. Side effects include gallstones, dental problems and increased risks for alcoholism. No such risks exist when Jesus performs surgery on our souls. It is because God designed our souls to be in perfect alignment with him. Our sins and hurts caused to us by the sins of others have caused us to be out of alignment with God.
Gastric bypass patients must adhere to a bariatric diet. Those of us having soul surgery should adhere to a “soul food” diet. We should dine on the true bread of heaven, Jesus. As Jesus told those gathered to hear him, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst. John 6:35 (NKJV).