Feeding on God's Word
The Bible tells us that growth is God's will for our life.
It is possible to grow old and not ever grow up. I know a lot of old people who are spiritually and emotionally immature. They never grew up. God wants us to be spiritually strong. Growth is God's will.
Ephesians 4:14-15 says, "we will no longer be immature like children. We won’t be tossed and blown about by every wind of new teaching. We will not be influenced when people try to trick us with lies so clever they sound like the truth. Instead, we will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ."
So, how do you “grow in every way more and more like Christ?”
Here’s one way: We grow when we feed on God's Word.
We grow when we feed on God's Word. Scripture, when read and applied, grows us up. It makes us more like Christ.
When we “feed” on God’s word, we are consuming truth. We know that we can't be physically healthy if we eat junk food all the time. And, we can't be spiritually healthy unless we feed on the truth. Feed on the Word of God.
What kind of health would we have if every Sunday we ate this giant Sunday brunch buffet and just gorged ourselves with all this food and the rest of the week we ate nothing? It would harm our health. It harms our spiritual health if the only spiritual truth we receive is what we get on Sunday. That's not enough. We've got to eat a little bit every day. We've got to feed our soul, not just once a week going to church.
Matthew 4:4 (Jesus) ‘People do not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’
That's what God wants us to do, to feed on it a little bit every day. We want to help you develop that habit, whether it's 5, 10, 15 minutes a day.
Sounds simple. And it is, but how many of us actually take those few minutes to do this?
Acts 20:32 (MSG) Now I’m turning you over to God, our marvelous God whose gracious Word can make you into what he wants you to be and give you everything you could possibly need in this community of holy friends.
Reading God’s Word doesn’t make God love you any more than he already does. He already loves you, completely. But, reading God’s Word will grow you up. It will keep you in God’s Will when you do what it says. Reading and applying God’s Word will make you live and act more like Jesus.
So, what could you adjust in your life—your priorities, your schedule, your attitude—to make more time for reading, studying, and memorizing God’s Word?