If you turn on your television, or listen to the radio, you will be inundated by commercials about weight loss. There are many companies that specialize in slimming down, and there are a multitude of programs by which people can shed extra pounds. Some of these programs are healthy, but many are not. No matter what weight-loss program we choose, we will lose pounds only when we burn more calories than we take in. Based on this fact, it is possible to lose weight on almost any program, as long as our caloric intake it is less then our caloric expenditure each day.
The food we eat, and the amount we eat, plays an important role in our slim- down success. Once we lose the weight, we must also maintain the new. silhouette we have created. Eating the right foods in the proper amounts will result in the proper maintenance of our bodies.
EVERY WORD OF GOD
As important as a healthy body is, there is one question that is almost never asked by the purveyors of diets and weight loss plans. Answering this question is far more important than the right body maintenance plan. In fact, body maintenance has no eternal value, as the aging process cannot be stopped. There is a way to live a long and healthy life, but it is not founded solely on feeding the body correctly and working out. If we ask and answer the right question, it is possible to have both a healthy body and a long life. The question is this: Do I have a healthy spirit?
James 2:26 tells us “…the body without the spirit is dead..” The spirit of man is to ok he source of the life that sustains our bodies. Our spirits will keep us alive even when we do not eat for extended periods. When Jesus had been without food for forty days, and was then tempted by satan, He said this “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.’”
FEEDING THE SPIRIT
Jesus knew that the true source of life was not found in food, but in the Word of God. When His disciples questioned among themselves as to whether He had eaten, He responded “I have food to eat of which you do not know.” Even when physically drained, Jesus exhibited great strength, as evidenced by His ability to bear the cruelties of scoutging and crucifixion. He had a source of life that could not be taken from Him. Even the Romans in all their power could not take His life from Him until He willingly yielded Himself to torment and death. When it was time to die, He declared “Father, into Your hands I commit My spirit.” Having said this, He breathed His last. (Luke 23:46)
Jesus fed his spirit and kept it healthy by consuming the Word. He knew that natural food alone could not sustain Him, and that the source of all life is the Word of God. He constantly spoke and acted upon the Word, nourishing His innermost being. As He instructed His followers “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to finish His work. ” (John 4:34)
He told those who listened to Him what was necessary for life. Jesus said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in you. Whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.” (John 6:53-54) He was not then speaking of cannibalism, or communion: He was declaring the necessity of regularly consuming the Word of God in order to have life. John 1:1 reveals that Jesus Himself is the Living Word. Feeding upon the scripture is eating His flash and drinking His blood.
GUARD YOUR HEART
Do we have healthy spirits? Are we regularly consuming the word of God? If we are, then we can be healthy in spirit and in the flesh. It is important to note that the responsibility to feed ourselves spiritually is not upon others, but upon us. Listening to hip music in church and gratifying our emotions does not feed us spiritually. Hearing the pastor read a verse or two and opine on the latest principles of the social gospel cannot sustain us. The only thing that will keep us healthy on the inside is a daily commitment to speak and act upon God’s Word. Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday again, we must live lives of hearing and doing the Word.
Proverbs 4:20-23 says “My child, pay attention to what I say. Listen carefully to my words. Don’t lose sight of them. Let them penetrate deep into your heart, for they bring life to those who find them, and healing to their whole body. Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.”
I can have a healthy spirit, sustain the health of my body, and experience the benefits of eternal life when I have a healthy determination to live my life in the Word!