…it’s how much of and where and how you eat it that matters.
Has any generation or society been so obsessed about dieting, so informed about nutrition and health, so spoiled with an abundance of foods to choose from as ours? Yet look at how we struggle with obesity, eating disorders, other food-related health problems and even a lack of control on spending!
It’s like we’ve forgotten how to eat. We either eat too much or too little or the wrong things or at the wrong times or at the wrong places.
There’s a parallel to our spiritual eating habits. The Bible says much about the importance of drawing from its pages the nourishment we need each day. Every verse in Psalm 119, the longest chapter in the Bible, emphasizes the value of not just nibbling at but really tucking into God’s Word.
Sadly, the way we consume spiritual food is much like (if not worse than) the way we eat our physical food. Consider some common habits we have:
- A hurried breakfast (if any) in the morning before starting our day: Perhaps we read a few Bible verses, hoping they will carry us through the day.
- Pre-packaged meals throughout the week: We may read Christian books or listen to sermons on the radio, relying on someone else to study the Bible and feed it to us.
- Frequent snacks because our haphazard meals leave us hungry: We put on a Christian CD or watch an inspiring video to give us a little boost until our next slump.
- A hastily devoured meal at a fast-food joint or restaurant once or twice a week: We listen to a 20-minute sermon or sit through a mid-week Bible study… if it’s convenient and doesn’t take us from something else we’d prefer to do.
Just as many people no longer take time to plan and prepare nutritious meals that they sit down to slowly enjoy with family and friends, many of us have given personal Bible study and time with God too low a priority in our lives.
And we’re suffering for it. Christians complain about not being fed, but neglect feeding themselves! We’re spiritually tired, anorexic, anemic, weak, undisciplined, defensive and confused. We may even be spiritually obese from filling up on “junk” instead of God’s pure Word.
Isn’t it time we slowed down and started “eating” our spiritual food properly? The decision—and its consequences—are ours alone.
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