Jesus replied, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry again. Whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.” ~ John 6:35 (NLT)
It’s one of life’s ironies. In the USA, we tend to be obsessed with our weight. I mean, just look at the dieting industry. There are tons of diet plan options out there (Paleo, South Beach, Keto, etc.). There are diet commercials on TV, on the Internet, radio, magazines, newspapers, and basically everywhere the marketing industry thinks we’ll be looking. The diet industry rakes in billions of dollars per year off of people wanting to lose weight and get in shape. Here’s the ironic part: The majority of people in the USA are either overweight or obese. (Read here for more: https://bit.ly/1nL8c3i) In other words, we’re spending billions of dollars per year on dieting, but we’re not actually following through with the diet plan.
Beyond our physical issues, there is also a problem when it comes to our spiritual diet. The vast majority of Americans own a Bible, but very few actually read it. (Check here for more info: https://bit.ly/2oDFwTN) In other words, we’re good at saying we need the Bible, but we don’t actually follow through with reading it. This results in people whose lives are spiritually out of shape; dying.
Jesus put in simple terms how this needs to work. As He stated in our verse today, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry again.”
Our lives are built to be spiritually hungry. But the stats don’t lie. We fill our lives with junk food rather than the actual bread of life. We spend hours watching TV, gaming, and social media, rather than spending quality time learning about our Savior. We fill our lives with things that replace the spiritual nutrition we need. As a result, our spiritual lives gets out of whack. Spiritual disease takes over and we begin to die spiritually.
Family, it’s time for a diet. Dust off that Bible that’s been sitting on your shelf. Open the pages and just start reading. Start simple. Read a chapter or two per day. Read it slowly. Ask questions: What is God saying here? How does this apply to my life? Pray about what you’ve read. Ask God for His wisdom to understand. Get your diet lined up to help you regain spiritual health.