Issue No 26
THE NEGLECTED SPIRITUAL FOOD
Today many are concerned about eating healthy. This not only means eating foods noted for promoting health, but also eating a balanced diet. It is possible to eat the right foods, but exclude certain necessary foods resulting in physical weakness.
The need to eat a balanced diet is also true in our spiritual lives. For example, we need to regularly feed our souls on Scripture, the written Word of God. Paul said, “Now I commit you to. . . the word of His grace, which can build you up” (Acts 20:32).
Believers also need the refreshing water of prayer. The Psalmist declared that his soul panted for God as a deer pants for streams of water. He also asked, “When can I go and meet with God” (Psa 42:1,2)? In prayer we meet with God and this connection with God quenches our thirst for God. Prayer hydrates our dry souls and promotes spiritual health.
So far so good, because many Christians regularly practice Bible reading and prayer. There is another essential form of spiritual nourishment, however. It is sharing the glorious Gospel of Christ with the unsaved.
Jesus demonstrated this spiritual staple in John 4, when He offered “living water” to the Samaritan woman. This water was personal faith in Himself, which would certainly quench her spiritual thirst forever.
The woman was so amazed at the reality of who Jesus was and what He was offering her that she abruptly departed from the well and hurried back to the town to tell others.
Following this, the Lord’s disciples strongly urged Him to partake of some of the food that they had recently brought back from the town. Surprisingly, He responded with these words, “I have food to eat that you know nothing about” (John 4:32).
Evidently, the opportunity to share Himself with a lost sinner was “meat and potatoes” for Jesus. It was so spiritually exhilarating that it trumped His obvious physical hunger.
His words should challenge us to make telling others about Jesus a regular part of our lives, for witnessing is food for our souls as it was for Jesus. Yet many believers neglect seeking the lost, and therefore, fail to eat a balanced diet of spiritual food, resulting in spiritual malnutrition. If we are to walk as Jesus walked (1 John 2:6), then we must eat what He ate!