We don’t eat out very often these days, so it’s always a shock to my system when we do eat out more than a special occasion here or there. Case in point: we eat out (or carry out) a lot more on vacation or when moving. It should come as no surprise that I don’t feel right after going from a mostly healthy diet to …shall we say less healthy diet of pizza and fast food?
What you eat obviously affects your body. If you put garbage in your body, you’re more likely to feel like garbage. It’s interesting that this same thing is true about our spiritual side. When you pursue poor (or no!) spiritual sustenance, your spirit reflects it. If you indulge your own desires instead of pursuing God’s, there are real consequences to your spiritual health.
On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried out, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’” John 7:37-38 (ESV)
Jesus knew this to be true. This is why He invites us to feed our souls on the perfect food that comes from Him. Our hearts and souls are made right when we accept Jesus at His word and believe in Him. He feeds us in ways we can’t always understand or explain.
The result of feeding on Jesus? Rivers of living water flow out from us. Not only are we more spiritually healthy, but we also become a source of life and hope for others. Our hearts overflow the same living water we received so that others can see Jesus through us, and so turn to Him for their own nourishment.
So what are you feasting on? Are you pursing your own desires and will, or seeking the living water and nourishment that only comes from Jesus?