A Balanced Spiritual Diet (John 6:48)

I am the bread of life.
John 6:48

The food pyramid is a recommendation of an ideal diet. In its most traditional form, the bottom of the pyramid is weighted toward carbohydrates such as pastas, rice, and other whole grains. Above this are fruits and vegetables. Above this are milk and cheese followed by meats. At the apex of the pyramid are fats/oils. But this pyramid has undergone several revisions since its introduction. Some nutritional organizations have changed the  percentages and types of carbohydrates. Other organizations have completely inverted the pyramid stating that proteins derived from lean meats and fats rich in Omega-3 fatty acids should be emphasized while blood sugar raising carbohydrates such as potatoes should be diminished. While all of these recommendations may be confusing, the overarching objective is to ensure that we all eat a balanced diet to achieve good physical health.

What does a balanced spiritual diet look like? At the base of the pyramid should be time spent with God in prayer and reading God’s Word. In fact the two actions should be inseparable because both reinforce each other. As we pray, we draw closer to God. As we draw closer to God, we desire to learn even more about Him through His Word. The next level should be fellowship; this is fellowship with believers within our family and friends, fellowship within our local church family, and fellowship with the church of the saints throughout the world. The final level should be serving with the gifts the Holy Spirit has bestowed upon us; this is serving through the church of Jesus Christ and the world we live in, bringing the Gospel to seekers and believers alike. How can a balanced spiritual diet will help us achieve good spiritual health?

A balanced spiritual diet begins and ends with Jesus Christ. If He is not the only source of our sustenance, our very food and bread which we daily take to survive, the rest of our life will be out of balance. All service to God must be done in the name of Jesus Christ, through the empowerment of the Holy Spirit.

Examine your own spiritual diet and ask yourself if Jesus Christ is your bread of life. You will never have to worry about overeating or adjusting your diet if He is your food, your bread of life.

Love and respect the Lord; seek His will in your life.