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Spiritual Obesity

Psalm 119:129-136

Verse 131 I open my mouth and pant, longing for your commands.

Yesterday we were talking about feasting as a family on the Word of God and we mentioned how it was important to not just take in the Word but that it needs to make a difference in our lives. Today we will start looking at what can happen if we listen to the preaching of the Word but don’t let it change our lives.

Frequent feasting can make a body overweight when there isn’t a lifestyle of proper exercise. Lack of exercise can also lead to ailments that can be long-term and debilitating. The same is true with our spiritual lives. Just because we enjoy a feast on Sunday doesn’t mean that it is all for ourselves. The purpose of our hearing His Word is not solely for ourselves. If we just sit in the pew and listen and then go on our way without there being any change in us and no sharing of what we learned with others we will become fat and lazy Christians.

Not only does a person suffer when they keep what they hear or allow it to go in one ear and out the other, the congregation suffers and so does the whole of society. If what we hear is not making its way into what we do and say then we are not exercising our faith and that affects all of society. If we aren’t exercising our faith it also means that we are not growing in spiritual strength. And just as a person who doesn’t get up and around regularly will lose muscle mass and eventually lose the ability to move around unless they undergo intense physical therapy, a Christian will lose faith muscles unless they let the Spirit do intense therapy on their heart and soul.

Our society shows the effects of Christians being spiritually obese. We have people who are willing to sit in the pew on Sundays but don’t even know what it means to grow into depth of their walk with Christ. We live as if the family feast once a week is enough to sustain relationships all through the week, not just our relationship with each other but our relationship with God. It is so easy to go to church on Sunday and then not continue spiritual feeding through the rest of the week. If we don’t take care of our spiritual lives all week long we are living by the “feast or famine” mentality. Doctors will tell you that this way of maintaining bodily health is not a wise choice and the same goes for gaining spiritual vitality.

Making It Personal

Have you ever thought about where you land on the spectrum of spiritual health? How healthy are you? What reasons do you have for rating yourself at this health?

Making It Personal Kids

What does it mean to be healthy? Does Jesus want us to be healthy? What are some ways we can help others when we are healthy?

Closing Prayer

Father, forgive us for being willing to just feast on Your Word and not do anything once we have heard it. Give us the strength and wisdom to put into practice what Your Spirit embeds in our hearts as we feast upon Your Word. Guide us Father. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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