What would happen, if you gave young children a choice between chocolate cake and a bowl of cereal? It is likely that they would choose the cake. At least, this is what is claimed in a joke by Bill Cosby. I doubt that Bill Cosby would seriously give his kids, cake for breakfast.
Why? Let’s be honest. Who does not like a good cake? I’d probably go for one with chocolate fudge brownie. Wait. Isn’t that an ice cream? How is that, for a balanced diet? Not! If we ate like this then our body would be in big trouble. Would you not agree?
The same can be said of our spiritual diet. What is a spiritual diet? For me, my spiritual diet relates to my walk with Jesus. From what I’ve seen, there appears to be three areas that can make up our Christian walk or a spiritual diet.
To continue with the food analogy, one could say that there are 4 types of spiritual diets. The first diet consist of just reading Scripture. For many years, I read the Word and struggled to understand what I read. It didn’t help to run into bible quoters who could quote Scriptures and yet not convey its meanings in English.
What was wrong? Did I have the Holy Spirit dwelling inside of me? Yes, I received the free gift of the Spirit when I came to Christ and repented of my sins. There was just one problem. The Teacher was sitting right there ad I neglected to ask for help. Oh, the foolishness of thinking that I could understand, on my own.
A diet that does not include talking with the Father about what I read, is a recipe for pride and trouble. What did I accomplish? I puff up myself and had little fruits to show for it.
Don’t misunderstand me. I firmly believe in the reading of Scripture. In 2 Timothy 3:16-17, Paul says this:
16 All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; 17 so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.
Scriptures does have a rightful place in the life of the believers. It is an essential part of our spiritual diet. However, I am not supposed to read Scripture alone. I needed to know, how to apply the wisdom found in Scripture to my life in the 21st Century
As with any diet, there needs to be a balance in what we eat. I love reading the Word; however, I needed to learn how to be lead of the Spirit. To do so, I would need to be with fellow Christians who are better at it than I. I am not claiming that they were perfect; they are not.
What of diet #3? The third diet is better known as “service”. Yes, we are called to serve or do good work. We’re not called to sit on our butt and do nothing. The problem is, when service becomes performance driven and about ourselves. First, it is not about you or me. It is about the One we serve and call Friend.
In everything we do, there is a need for balance. It is not good to major in any of the three areas I’ve mentioned: Scripture, being lead of Spirit and serving. To serve wisely, there is a strong need for the other two. Without proper balance, we are heading for serious trouble.
What is diet #4? Have you not been reading? Did you not catch the hints?