How do we feed the born again spiritual person or soul?
Today in America we are fast-paced, technology driven, and we demand instantaneous gratification of our needs and wants. So, how does an eternal God who is not subject to the dimensions of time fit into the daily routine of our life?
One time when God visited Abraham, Abraham sent his servant to kill a calf for them so they could eat and Abraham told Sarah to bake some bread. This was not the quick 10-minute meals that we have today. No, it probably took hours before this meal was ready to eat. Abraham did not have stoves, microwaves or fast-food restaurants. Preparing a meal took both planning ahead, time and manual effort to make it happen. When we think about feeding the physical body back in Abraham’s day, it was a major feat just to prepare a meal to eat. Today we have everything already done for us from quick and easy-to-prepare dinners in the box or we can simply drive by the Little Caesar’s and pick up some pizzas – and you don’t even have to get out of the car. Feeding the physical body is just not that hard today compared to Abrahams time – about 5000 years ago.
When we think about feeding our spiritual soul, what do we do? Do we plan ahead, put the time and effort into it or do we “drive through” the church for a quick ready-made spiritual jolt to last us until the next time we drop by?
There are as many ways to feed the spirit as there are ways to feed the physical body; but what is the best way for us? And, is it the way that God would have us do it?
What are the ways we feed our spirit and grow our relationship with the Lord? Our spirit or soul is fed by what we see, hear, taste, touch and smell. Everything that happens to our physical body has some effect on our eternal soul. We cannot separate the two. Jesus refers to our heart, mind, soul and strength when He tells us how to love the God.
As mentioned before, we will need the help of others to grow our relationship with the Lord to grow from infancy to spiritual maturity. And it is during this time of infancy that we need to find Godly, mature followers of Christ to help us through this.
We need to make sure though that we do not stop growing in our relationship with the Lord. We must start taking steps on our own just like the baby that is learning to walk. Pretty soon we can run, and then we mature and can manage to feed ourselves daily without the help of others.
There are many dynamics to the nurturing of our souls into a deeper relationship with Jesus. You have heard it said “The more you put into something, the more you will get out of it and this is certainly true when it comes to our relationship with the Lord.”
Deuteronomy 4:29 (NIV) “But if from there you seek the LORD your God, you will find him if you seek him with all your heart and with all your soul.”
Hebrews 11:6(NIV)“And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.”
Philippians 3:8-11 (NIV)8 “What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ 9 and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in[a] Christ—the righteousness that comes from God on the basis of faith. 10 I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, 11 and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead.”
God wants to spend time with you. He wants you to know that he is Father, Son and Holy Spirit. He is a Triune God – Three –in-One.
Jesus came to earth and He desperately wanted mankind to believe that He is the Son of God, the Christ, and the promised Messiah. He gave everything to save us. He gave His life for you and for me. He paid the price for sin and drank the Father’s cup of wrath for sin. He did it for all of us. Do you believe?
Feed your soul with God. Ask God to feed you this week. Matthew 6:11 “Give us this day our daily bread.”