Thursday, June 23, 2016

The Need to Feed

Everyone who breaths likes to eat.  Our diet has a major influence on our health and what kind of life we live.  I don't know about you, but I notice how certain foods affect my health and ability to get in shape.

American's are in love with food and I'm an American.  One of my favorite restaurants to go to is a buffet. Imagine one half of the buffet restaurant with great looking food like: pizza, steak, chicken, and pasta.  Imagine the other half with terrible food (IMO) like: monkey brain tacos, chicken fried skunk, BBQ possum, and teriyaki snake guts.  Which half would you grab a tray for?  What if the great looking food had a sign in front of it that said, "All food on this side contains poison?"  Would you sample that food or would you eat from the side with the terrible looking food?  If you want to live, you head toward the terrible looking food.

Like physical foods, we have the option to consume spiritual foods. There are only two kinds that exist, food from the world or food from God.  Many times the world's food looks good, but in the end it leads to death.  Solomon said (Proverbs 14:12), "There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end it leads to death."  Solomon gives a perfect diagnosis of what the spiritual food of the world is like.  The world's food may look good, but it's a killer. On the other hand, God offers the true food for healthy living.  Jesus said (John 6:35), "I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty."  The food of God is life sustaining. 

One of the saddest realities of the church is to see so many individuals who are still feeding upon the world's food.  We need more Believers who are self-feeders. In other words, we need more Believers who individually feed on God's Word.  Here are some suggestions for you if you would like to be a better self feeder: 1.) Make time every day to read at least one chapter of the Bible, 2.)  Jot down questions and make notes to meditate on in your daily reading, 3.)  Pick a Bible reading plan and stick to it (suggested plans), and 4.) pray that God would speak to your heart through the reading of His Word.

What we spiritually feed on makes an eternal difference in our life.  Our spiritual food will guide how we live our lives (2 Timothy 3:16-17).  Everyone has a need to feed, the question is, "What side of the buffet line are you on?"

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