Just as a healthy appetite is essential to our physical
well-being, a healthy spiritual appetite is needed if we are to acquire and
maintain spiritual health. “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every
word that proceeds out of the mouth of God,” the Bible says (Matthew 4:4).
It does not matter how often we eat food and how nutritiously we
eat, this will contribute nothing to our spiritual health. For that, God has
given us the Bible. Reading it and mixing what we read with faith is how we
feed our spirit to become spiritually healthy.
A striking similarity exists between the food we eat for our
physical well-being and the Word of God we must consume for our spiritual
health. It is that the more balanced our eating habits are, the more wholesome
our health will be. No one or two food items can give us all of the nutrients
our body needs to be healthy.
Yet, many Christians attend local churches that disproportionately
teach one particular doctrine. Included in this group are prosperity gospel churches,
those that embrace the hyper grace movement, word of faith churches, etc. But
in order for Christians to reach maximum spiritual health, they must be exposed to balanced preaching
and teaching of all of the Word of God.
Notice, Jesus said we must live by “every word” that comes
from God. All of His Words are
important. He never speaks just for the sake of speaking.
So what about you? Do you have an appetite for the entire Word
of God? Or do you comb through the Scriptures to find and read only those areas
that interest you? Your answer is a reflection of your spiritual health or the
lack thereof. I’m saying that selective reading of the Word of God will render
you spiritually malnourished.
Some Christians can go a week without picking up their Bible
to read the Word of God and not miss it. Just imagine what would happen if you
lost your appetite such that you ate food only one day a week. Your physical body
would become run down. You would not be energetic but lethargic. You would not
be physically strong but weak.
A similar thing happens to Christians who have little or no appetite
for the Bible. It is God’s primary way of speaking to us. It is the food for
our inner man. Bread alone is not enough.