"He arose, and did eat and drink, and went in the strength of that meat forty days and forty nights." — 1 Kings 19:8
Read these words from Charles Spurgeon on using what the Lord gives to us, for the expansion of His Kingdom and glory:
"All the strength supplied to us by our gracious God is meant for service, not for boasting. When the prophet Elijah found the bread baked on the coals, and the jar of water placed at his head, as he lay under the juniper tree, he was not to lay back at ease; far otherwise, he was commissioned to go forty days and forty nights in the strength of it, journeying towards Horeb, the mount of God.
When Jesus invited the disciples to "Come and dine" with him, after the feast was concluded he said to Peter, "Feed my sheep"; further adding, "Follow me."
And so it is with us; we eat the bread of heaven, that we may expend our strength in the Master's service. We come to the passover, and eat of the lamb with loins girt, and staff in hand, so as to start off at once when we have satisfied our hunger. Some Christians are for living on Christ, but are not so anxious to live for Christ.
Earth should be a preparation for Heaven; and Heaven is the place where saints feast most and work most! They sit down at the table of our Lord, and they serve him day and night in his temple. They eat of heavenly food and render perfect service.
Believer, in the strength you daily gain from Christ, use it to labor for Him! Some of us have much learn much concerning why our Lord graciously strengthens us.
We are not to retain the precious grains of truth as the Egyptian mummy held the wheat for ages, without giving it an opportunity to grow: we must sow it and water it.
Why does the Lord send down the rain upon the earth, and give sunshine? Is it not that these may all help the fruits of the earth to yield food for man? Even so, the Lord feeds our souls that we may afterwards use our renewed strength in the promotion of His Kingdom and glory!"