Working Up Our Spiritual Appetites

Working Up Our Spiritual Appetites

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When I was in high school I competed with my friends in eating competitions. Most of the time, we would go to a local pizza buffet to see who could put the true claim on “all you can eat”. If you wanted to do well you had to “work up your appetite”. Some might think that simple withdraw from food would do the trick; however, all that did was shrink your stomach. Expansion of one’s stomach was the desired task. Thus, eating a little here and there before the competition could expand one’s stomach or increase their metabolism. Though this practice is not highly recommended, due to the health problems that accompany it, it demonstrates how we can grow spiritually speaking.

We need to work up our spiritual appetites. Certain spiritual matters can be hard to digest, accept, and/or understand. The expansion of our spiritual metabolism is necessary for us to change the trend of spiritual famine in our lives. To resolve this we need to, first of all, know what our spiritual food is.

Jesus said, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall never hunger,” (John 6:35). In response to Jesus asking if he would leave, Peter said, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life,” (John 6:68). The Scriptures describe Jesus as being the source of our spiritual nourishment. We find out about Jesus’ teachings and life from the Bible, the word of God. Being described as, “profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work,” (2 Tim 3:16-17), we cannot ignore that God’s word is the source of spiritual food and the origin of our faith (Romans 10:17).

If God’s word is our spiritual food then how come we still have problems understanding? Shouldn’t we just be able to read the Bible and come to the proper conclusions? There is a difference between only reading the Bible and studying it. Hebrews 5:12 says, “You need milk, not solid food, for everyone who lives on milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, since he is a child. But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil.” Our spiritual lives are similar to physical, in that we begin with a basic substance for nourishment. If we want to stomach spiritual steaks then we will need to gradually move from spiritual milk to solid food. This requires practice and training as we work up our spiritual appetites. Casual reading and exposure to God’s word is good and essential to keeping one’s mind immersed in spiritual nourishment. Meditation and study, however, allow the more difficult issues to be pondered and understood in a more effective manner.

Achieving this goal may seem like trying to eat an elephant. How do you, hypothetically, eat an elephant? One bite at a time. Being a Christian is to be a part of a continual development process. 2 Peter 1:5-8 teaches us that we are to “add” to our faith or increase our faith by adding the attributes mentioned in the context. If we exercise our physical bodies for better performance, why not our spiritual bodies? (1 Corinthians 9:26-27).

Are you ready for a spiritual feast? Jesus said,”Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied,” (Matthew 5:6). Your Bible is waiting. Read it. Study it. Obey it. Ask questions and find answers.

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Categories: Christian Living, Faith, Personal Growth, Priorities | Tags: Bible, Christianity, Eating, First Epistle to the Corinthians, Food, God, Jesus, Second Epistle of Peter | Leave a comment

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