We have all heard the phrase ” you are what you eat,” and there appears to be truth to that in more ways than one. I can’t help but think of the British TV reality show by the same title. If you have never seen the show I high recommend it. It is hosted by Gillian McKeith, who is labeled as the tough-love diet detective.
During an average episode she practically chastises each participant for their very poor eating habits and lack of physical fitness. She even goes to the extent of showing the person on a table what they consume in a week based on their average diet. Bottom line it is a eye opener for the person trying to lose weight.
Thankfully, I didn’t have to go to such extreme measures to see what I was consuming was holding me back from achieving my weight loss and physical fitness goals. More importantly, it just was not healthy. This was just one more example of one of things you know you should do but don’t do consistently. The effects of eating poorly are all too obvious. What you consume or don’t consume shows up somewhere in our bodies in various forms. It is a work in progress for me.
As I thought about the efforts I put into what goes into my stomach, and I began to think more about what goes into my heart, and spirit. I believe the same can said for our spiritual health. What we take in or don’t take in spiritually has obvious effects on us. If we starve ourselves from the Word of God through out the week, we can’t expect our pastor to fill us on Sunday. It just does work that way, especially, if we feast on what the world has to offer continuously.
We may look at ourselves spiritually, and feel like we are pure saturated fat. But our spirit is a new creation in Christ, and it craves spiritual food to mature.
If you feel like you blew it this week, its OK! We serve an amazing God that offers grace greater than sin. Jesus lived in daily dependance on God the Father, and modeled this for us throughout His ministry. It takes a daily relationship with Christ to know Him, depend on Him, and become more like Him. Spending time in the Word reveals to us who God is, and His will for our lives.
Want to be filled? Read your Bible, pray, and be quite long enough to hear what your Father wants you to hear. Then you can be grow further in spiritual maturity, and be able to persevere through the storms of life.