Fuel is a unique thing that comes in many types and forms and we use for many different things. We use it for transportation in the form of a liquid and we use it to boost plant growth in the form of a fertilizer. One form we tend to overlook is that we use fuel to power our bodies.
The fuel that we use for our bodies is the most important. We can live without transportation and the plant will still grow without fertilizer, but our bodies will die if we do not provide the fuel it needs. Without the necessary fuel for our bodies, we would lose our strength and eventually shrivel up and die.
When we were formed in our mother’s womb, we were attached to the umbilical cord. This is where we were fed and fueled for our development and growth. After birth, the cord was cut and was replaced with another form of sustenance in the form of breast milk or formula. As we grew and matured we progressed to more solid foods and eventually were weaned from the milk. For the rest of our lives, we gain our fuel and strength from the solid foods we eat. Or health is determined by the quality of those foods and the quantity that we consume.
This is not a new or revolutionary concept. Most people over the age of 10 have an idea of how all this works. We learn as life goes on about the things we can eat and shouldn’t eat. We learn that sweets, although they taste good, are only good in moderation. We learn that if we eat too much of the wrong things then our health and weight start to suffer. Some choose to ignore it while others choose to embrace it and do the best they can to be as healthy as possible. Then, like anything else, there are the ones that take it too far and become extreme. Like the ones that choose to ignore the facts, being extreme can also cause harm. There must be a healthy balance.
In 1 Corinthians 3:2 Paul talks about another form of milk, solid food and spiritual sustenance. Vs. 1-2 “And I, brethren, could not speak to you as to spiritual people but as to carnal, as to babes in Christ. I fed you with milk and not with solid food; for until now you were not able to receive it, and even now you are still not able;”
Paul goes on to talk about how they were carnally minded and that is why they could not receive the meat of God’s word. They were still infants in their Christian walk so it was impossible for them to understand or comprehend the meat.
Peter also talks about this same thing in 1 Peter 2:2 “as newborn babies, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby.”
Like our physical bodies, our spirit grows in the same way. It grows by what we feed it, the fuel we choose to use. If we consume the wrong things, then we will be spiritually unhealthy. In this instance the world is the junk food and God is the healthy food. Jesus tells us in John 6:35 that He is the bread of life:
“And Jesus said to them, ‘I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in me shall never thirst.”
Jesus is the food our spirit needs. If we want to follow Him, we must go on a diet and cut away the spiritual junk food we’ve been eating. A Jesus diet is what’s needed. Just like the physical body, if we eat too much junk food there isn’t any room for the healthy food, if we consume too much of the wants and desires of the world there isn’t any room for what Jesus has for us.
It is time to get off the sidelines and into the game. The only way we can do this is if we fuel our spiritual bodies with the right things. This means committing to spending more time with Jesus than the Sunday visits. This means saying no to what our fleshly mind wants us to watch or do and doing, watching and reading things that come from God.
We spend so much time fueling up on the wrong things then stand in amazement when things go wrong, or we feel disconnected from God. While Salvation is free (Jesus paid the price on the cross), what happens next is not. We must take the steps to renew our minds (Romans 12:2) and in doing so we begin to view things in a different light. We begin to view them in the light of Jesus.
While this isn’t easy, anything that is worth it never is. We must change the fuel we are running on in order to change the direction of our lives. For me, I went 38 years running on the wrong things. It wasn’t an easy task to change that. And I still at times struggle but I must press on.
How are you choosing to fuel your spirit? How much time do you spend watching TV, Facebook, movies, wrong crowd or wrong places compared to the time in God’s Word, prayer, meditation, Bible study etc.?
I challenge you to prayerfully evaluate the fuel you use. An honest and brutal evaluation. Make changes to the areas that God shows you need attention. I promise it will be a life changing experience.