You Are What You Eat
I love pizza. When I say this, you might be thinking that maybe I just really like pizza. You would be incorrect. Pizza is something I think about an almost hourly basis. I have tried every pizza place in town, many out of town, and have particular criteria that I use to judge whether or not a pizza place is worthy of my patronage. However, eating pizza has not done any favors for my health. When we eat food, our bodies break down the congregation of matter into nutrients that are then used to keep our body’s natural processes functioning. When you hear the phrase, “You are what you eat,” it is not just a phrase. We quite literally become what we eat. Our body uses the nutrients to replace dead skin, pump blood, and create various juices to keep all our parts functioning. Just as we fuel our bodies with food and our minds with knowledge, so too should we be fueling our spirits. What exactly are we fueling them with though?
Many of us wish we could get out more than what we put in. Would it not be great if the thirty-second walk to the refrigerator was all we needed to burn off the hotdog massacre we just committed? Unfortunately, one of the laws of physics states that we cannot get out more than we put in. If I burn a log of wood, I will never be able to get as much out of the result as that initial piece of wood. Free energy does not and cannot exist. The same goes for our spiritual lives. We so often want God to simply speak to us, use us to move mountains, and cause rapturous cataclysms as we guide billions to Christ. This is simply not possible.
Since science exists, it was created by God. If God created the physical universe to run on certain principles, it makes sense to me that the spiritual realm would also run on similar laws. When we want God to move in our lives, we have to put in more effort for that change to come around. Just as we have to increase our physical activity to lose weight, we must increase our spiritual activity to bulk up our spiritual muscles. What you put in is what you get out.
For instance, perhaps you have received a conviction that you should be doing more within the church. Just as one could not go into a gym without any practice and start hoisting 500-pound weights, neither can we just leap into the fray lest we be devoured by the external forces that would love nothing more than seeing God’s chosen fall. We must follow the spiritual practices outlined in the Bible to tune our bodies to the correct condition to face what we feel called to do.
Prayer, scripture, fasting, and meditation are the rituals we must partake in to gear our spirits toward Godly work. Think of each of these practices as working out a different muscle group. We might need to specialize in one specific area for our calling. Having massive biceps might not be as advantageous as attuned quads might be to a runner. Similarly, prayer might be the most effective weapon for dealing with the oppression you might be facing. We must come up with a plan of action before we simply launch into the thick of it, lest we literally get our butts beat like the seven sons of Sceva in Acts 19.
Though this fundamental idea may not come is some brain-blasting revelation, I feel like we sometimes need to focus on the basic tools to get us where we need to go. One of the most difficult undertakings we face as Christians is the mere maintenance of our resolve to keep up our daily routines of spiritual care. If we can tame the flesh, the spirit can flourish. When we allow God to flourish in us, no rulers, or authorities, or powers of the dark world, or spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realm can hope to stand in our way.
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