Is your spiritual diet lacking something that keeps you from getting closer to God? If you think about the term spiritual diet, imagine things that you do that impact your heart and mind. For me, prayer and Bible reading top the list of stuff that I include in my spiritual diet. There are many good things that we can add to grow our relationship with God.
The majority of Christians attend Church on a regular basis. Doing this gives you an opportunity to worship with fellow brothers and sisters in Christ. Attending Church regularly also gives you the opportunity listen to a sermon. Depending on where you attend Church, you may fall asleep in the pew or become energized, ready to set the world on fire. I hope you experience the later.
As we grow in our spiritual walk, there are other things that we can add to our diet to further our walk along. Christian music for me was an excellent way to get closer to the Lord. You may not realize it, but most Christian songs have Biblical stories and meanings other than just praise for the Lord. When you fill your head with Christian music, you, in essence, are replaying scripture over and over again in your head. Instead of meaningless lyrics about your girl friend leaving you or getting drunk, try to fill your mind with God-honoring sound.
Is your spiritual diet lacking something?
Do others see your spiritual diet lacking something because you are not bearing fruit? I am not talking about the fruit that grows on trees. I am referring to the fruit that we bear as a result of the Holy Spirit living inside us. When we have the Holy Spirit actively living inside, others cannot help but see the spirit working in us. God's love is multiplied by how we treat others and how we conduct our life.
Galatians 5:22-23 NASB “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.”
What is Paul telling us by this set of verses? When we love God and attempt to be like him, goodness will flow out of us. Everything good from God can flow out of us as well because we have the holy spirit.
How do we treat others?
Do you find your spiritual diet lacking any of the traits that Paul describes in Galatians 5:22-23? Maybe you should consider what you are filling your body with. Is it hard to find peace, love, and joy within you? Do you have patience, kindness, and goodness when raising your children? Are you faithful and gentle to your spouse? Are you exhibiting self-control when others see you?
We are not perfect, but the closer we get to Jesus the more we will be like him. You can talk the talk when it comes to the Bible, but can you walk the walk? The walk is more important than the talk. The walk we are on shows others if Jesus lives inside us or if he is not there yet. I would encourage you to fill your spiritual diet with the traits found in Galatians 5:22-23. You will notice a difference in your life and so will others around you.