What’s on the menu?

26 Sep

This past week, I ran across an article on the worst breakfasts in America. To my chagrin, I have consumed my fair share of the items on the list . . . and have the waistline and cholesterol to prove it.

Nutritionists have long extolled the importance of diet by telling us that we are what we eat. If we eat too many doughnuts and cream puffs, we’ll become walking models of the Pillsbury Dough Boy. What is true physically is also true morally and spiritually. If we feed on violence, excitement, erotica, and materialism, we will eventually personify them.

Since we will become what we eat, it is vital to our overall health to make wise choices about our diet. We take need to take to heart Jesus’ statement in Matthew 5:6, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.” Rather than crave entertainment, we should long for God’s presence. Rather than tease our pallets with pornography, we should ask God to purify our hearts. Rather than feast on the junk food of false teaching, we should fill our minds with the truth of God’s word.

While that part of Jesus’ instruction seems pretty straightforward, the question I wrestle with is, “How do I increase my appetite for righteousness? How can I develop a stronger desire for God and his word?”

As I pondered that question, I began to look at what nutritionists recommend for a person’s physical diet and tried to think of ways to apply the principles to my spiritual diet. Here are some of my ideas:

Nutritional advice

Personal application

Don’t skip meals.

Develop a regular habit of Bible reading, study, and prayer

Don’t eat alone.

Get support and encouragement from others

Eat in a pleasant atmosphere.

Avoid the “ought to” and “have to”. View Bible reading and study as devotion, not duty.

Avoid junk food.

Don’t fill up your life with novels, TV, entertainment – things that take away your appetite for God & spiritual things

Plan a nutritious diet.

Read the Bible – not just devotional books about the Bible. Watch out for cults.

Cleanse your pallet.

Confess your sin.

Eat small meals or snacks frequently.

Think about your Bible study and reading throughout the day

Add seasoning for flavor.

Supplement your Bible study with devotional books, Christian radio, Christian music

Take time to savor each bite.

Taste and see the Lord is good.

Develop an exercise program.

Practice what you learn in prayer, witnessing, service

The exciting part of Matthew 5:6 is the promise that if we long for greater righteousness, we will be filled. God will grant us his presence and cause our appetite to grow. When we hunger, he fills us. We taste and see he is good which causes us to hunger for more, which results in greater blessing. And the cycle continues.

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Posted by on September 26, 2008 in Passion, Personal growth, Theology


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