We are a health crazed nation. I know this because I don’t think there is a day when I don’t hear about some kind of weight loss plan, or exercise program at some point. The healthy push comes in radio or TV adds, its on my social media feeds, even friends and family members talk about what they are eating (or not eating). My favorite part is when one of my health minded adult children cheat at Chick-Fil-A and I catch them with a logo branded cup or empty bag from nearly impossible to refuse restaurant. Most of us at one point or another have been on a “diet” avoiding certain foods in the quest to be healthy. And over the years a lot of research has been devoted to determining which “diet” is best for humans. You have probably even formed some thoughts on how to eat healthy that would agree or disagree with a lot of the “science” out there, and may be willing to argue with someone from the opposite end of the spectrum to defend your health ideals. But the one thing we can all probably agree on is that starvation diets are bad. Why would we all agree on that? Simple, we all know if you don’t eat you will die.
If you don’t eat you will die.
Maybe not immediately. Maybe it will take some time. But when the body is undernourished it will eventually begin to shut down until ultimately it will stop functioning all together. We all know that is not a good thing. We understand that we must feed our physical body or it will have problems.
But here is the point; we overlook the same implication when it comes to our spiritual journey with Jesus. Jesus said “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.” (John 6:35). Jesus is our spiritual nourishment, and when we neglect feeding on Him and His Word we are spiritually starving ourselves. He is our spiritual sustenance, our spiritual nourishment, our spiritual health. We easily skip spiritual meals with Him because we are busy, it doesn’t seem important at the time, there are too few hours in our busy days, and our lives are full of distractions that keep us from Him. We would never intentionally starve ourselves physicality nor should we do so spiritually. And missing a meal or two wont negatively affect your spiritual life right away, but stringing a couple days into a week, a week into a month, and the spiritual life in you begins to become malnourished and anemic, not strong an vibrant like when it is being fed.
So what should we do? Spend time in His Word. Spend some time talking with Jesus, just the two of you like hanging out at a dinner table, tell Him about what’s going on in your life, and listen to what He says. Spend some time meditation on a verse of the Bible. (If you aren’t sure where to start use the John 6:35 verse from above or the memory verse this week Romans 3:22) Meditation is just thinking about Jesus or His Words or both, letting it sink into your heart throughout the day. What should we do? Let’s eat. Let’s eat the Word. Let’s eat up time with Him. Let’s nourish our souls with His presence and never skip a meal again.
Sunday night I shared a new direction with our church regarding children in service. As I have been reading God’s Word this year passages about children have been sticking out to me more than usual. In Deuteronomy 6 God gives us the greatest commandment,