Spiritual Junk Food
- Damaris Barrios
When I decided to attend DTS in Vancouver, I made a choice to start eating healthier and have a more active lifestyle. In order for this to happen, I had to discipline myself in saying no to junk foods, even though that’s my weakness. I also had to strike up the motivation to go out for a walk around the neighborhood. It was tough trying to get motivated enough to go out the door, but once I did it I felt so much better about it. I’ve tried to keep myself active but if I don’t feed my body the proper nutrition, I won’t be able to go long distances with the strength and endurance that I need for longer hikes or trails.
In the same way, my spirit needs to be fed well in order for me to walk through life (spiritually speaking) with a certain fitness level. Too often we gorge ourselves with spiritual junk food and burn out quickly and don’t stand too firm in our faith because we are spiritually weak.
Reading the Bible can be a daunting task. When you don’t know what you are doing, it can be intimidating when someone challenges you on what the Bible says.
As we learned about the Bible in class, our speaker told us that there have been a lot of people who risked their lives so that the Word of God could be preserved for us to be able to read it today. This was so convicting.
I have to ask myself if I am really taking full advantage of the freedom that I have today in reading and studying the Bible. Am I living out the dream of the early church and the people that have risked their lives for us in being able to have the Bible today?
One of the things that the speaker challenged us this week with was what we were going to do with the knowledge of the Bible. Are we actually going to commit to ourselves to read the Bible? Or will we put it up on a shelf until we need God to answer a desperate prayer?
In Western culture, we live in a world where there are multiple resources in which we get our information from about the Bible. We eat spiritual junk food and don’t seek out the proper nutrition by opening up the Holy Bible. If we are starving ourselves spiritually, by seeking out information from others - whether it be our pastors/teachers, friends, weekly church service, media- we will not be fruitful for the Kingdom of God. We will be running on empty because junk food doesn’t provide the proper nutrition we need to go long distances.
If you are training for a marathon, you would be feeding your body the proper fuel in order to run the race ahead. In a similar way, life is a marathon that we have to endure. This makes me think of what Paul wrote to the Corinthians, one of the first letters he wrote:
“Don’t you realize that in a race everyone runs, but only one person gets the prize? So run to win! All athletes are disciplined in their training. They do it to win a prize that will fade away, but we do it for an eternal prize. So I run with purpose in every step. I am not just shadowboxing. I discipline my body like an athlete, training it to do what it should. Otherwise, I fear that after preaching to others I myself might be disqualified.”
1 Corinthians 9:24-27, NLT
Yes, it is good that there are resources out there that will help us in our walks. But that shouldn’t be the only thing that we go to for guidance. We need to be hungry for real food. We need what God has for us in the Bible. God breathed it for us to guide us in this crazy world we call life. The Bible answers some of life’s toughest questions and if we overlook it, some of the questions we have will never be answered because our Bibles are gathering dust on the top shelf.
Will you seek out the proper nutrition you need, or will you be satisfied with junk food?
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