Saturday, September 25, 2010

Healthy Eating

If anyone knows me, you know I am by no means a small man.  In fact, over the past few months I have gotten a little larger.  Due to my weight, I have Type II Diabetes and recent blood work has shown that my sugar and cholesterol were both higher than ever.  I am not writing today to bemoan my poor diet and subsequent test results, but those results got me thinking.  For the most part, my diabetes is a function of how well I eat and how much weight I gain.  If I lose weight, exercise more, and control my diet, I could be virtually diabetes free.  The same applies with my cholesterol.  If I control my diet, the numbers will go down (this is especially evident for me as my cholesterol has usually been  fine).  And then I was wondering why God allows food that is so good to eat so bad for us.  Why does junk food taste good and for the most part healthy food taste worse?  And God did take the time to answer.  He spoke to my heart saying that it is a metaphor for our spiritual lives.  The "food" we take in spiritually has the same effect as the food we take in physically. 

What "junk food" do we consume spiritually.  Do we fill ourselves with entertainment that glorifies sin, promotes sexuality, uses profane language, and has no spiritual benefit whatsoever?   Do we hang out with friends who are more apt to lead us astray than we are to positively influence them?  Do we revel in the "enjoyment" of our own sin?  What are we consuming in our lives that affects us negatively spiritually?  Like candy, these things seem fun, but like candy slowly kills us physically, these things slowly kill us spiritually. In Hebrews, the Bible shares that sin is pleasurable, but only for a season.  But after that season, that sickness caused by our sin becomes acute and apparent.  Those pleasures give way to misery as our spirit gets sicker and sicker.

Not only should we not be eating junk food, but we need to eat enough good food.  Not eating properly will affect your growth and health.  There are a variety of sicknesses related to not having one nutrient or another. This is especially true for young babies.  This is holds the same truth for our spiritual health.  We need to right balance of God's Word in order to grow.  Some like to just focus on God's grace and some just one His judgment.  Some like to focus on relationships, some on Christian living, and some on who God is.  All are essential lessons as we all need the right balance of the whole counsel of God.  Without the proper balance of the whole counsel of God, we will be deficient in some area of our Spiritual lives.  We will lack growth.  For example, if a pastor never teaches how to be a Christian and remains stuck on Jesus saves those under his charge will never grow beyond babes in Christ.  Please do not think I am saying that there is no importance in the message of Jesus saves as it is that message that has caused a new birth in all our lives.  But that new birth was a Christian "baby" who needs to progress from the milk of the message of Jesus saves to the meat of the message of how to live that new life in Christ.
For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the first principles of the oracles of God; and you have come to need milk and not solid food. For everyone who partakes only of milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, for he is a babe. But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, that is, those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.  Hebrews 5:12-14 NKJV
Yes so many of us have malnourished ourselves and continue to eat like babies instead of ever growing into men and women and God.  Others have not been fed properly by our spiritual fathers.  Others have been eating junk food their entire spiritual lives.  This should not be so.  Just like our physical health requires the right balance of the proper foods in order to be fit, healthy, full of energy and life, and to keep from getting sick or dead the same applies to our spiritual life. We need to feed ourselves on the spiritual food, that being the Word of God, and take in the entire counsel of God.  We also need to refrain from taking things into our lives that hurt us spiritually.  A well-balanced spiritual diet will lead to a victorious life in Christ, a rewarding and wonderful relationship with God, and an active spiritual life used of God in wonderful ways.  A bad diet will lead to spiritual sickness, stunted growth, a lack of energy for God, and a general lack of joy in our lives.  Be spiritually fit on God's Word and once you have tasted that kind of spiritual health, you will have no desire for that poisonous candy.  
If you instruct the brethren in these things, you will be a good minister of Jesus Christ, nourished in the words of faith and of the good doctrine which you have carefully followed. But reject profane and old wives' fables, and exercise yourself toward godliness. For bodily exercise profits a little, but godliness is profitable for all things, having promise of the life that now is and of that which is to come. 1 Timothy 4:6-8 NKVJ

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