Spiritual Sustenance: Does Your Church Serve Healthy Meals?

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Spiritual sustenance is spiritual food that your spirit needs in order to function properly and sustain you when the issues of life come rushing in on you like a flood. Just as the body needs nutritious food in order to remain healthy, the spirit needs nutritious spiritual food to maintain its health.

What if I told you that once per week my family and I go out to breakfast together. We get up out of our nice warm beds, get dressed, and drive across town to a restaurant we’ve been dining at for years. We pay our hard earned money for a meal that doesn’t taste too good and leaves us unsatisfied.

Everyone in life has issues of some sort. If you’re fortunate enough not to have anything troubling going on in your life right now, you will shortly. A large part of the many reasons we go to church is to gain the spiritual sustenance we need to cope spiritually with the problems we have to face on a daily basis.

If I related a story like that to you, you would probably say that our weekly meals don’t make any sense. Yet many Christians do exactly that, spiritually speaking week after week. The church should be a place where we are fed good spiritual food that promotes growth and development spiritually.

I’m a very inquisitive person. Both as a non-believer and later on as a Christian I had what I thought were legitimate questions about God, about Jesus, about the bible and about church. I was seeking honest answers, yet those who I considered “in the know” could not answer my questions. As a young person, I remember wanting to schedule a meeting with the pastor of my mother’s church to try to get some answers to my spiritual questions, but was discouraged from doing so.

Even now, I cannot simply show up at church solely out of a scriptural obligation if I’m not being fed information that I can take away from the service and put to use in my life. Just as in my analogy with the restaurant above, it makes no sense to me to continually go back to a church week after week if my hunger is not being satisfied there. I would rather stay home and watch football, and that’s precisely what I did for years until I came across a church whose meals were spiritually filling.

Why do you go to the Church you go to?

Some go to church to be examples to their children. Some go to avoid spiritual guilt if they don’t go. Some go because of convenience. Some go because of the scriptural admonition to forsake not the assembling of yourselves together as some do (Hebrews 10:25). Whatever your reasons are for attending the church you attend, if you’re not being spiritually fed at your church, I would encourage you to seek God about the fellowship that you are a part of. Find out if indeed God has placed you in your local congregation or if it’s time to look for changes in where you dine spiritually.

Spiritual maturity comes from a healthy diet

Everyone in life has issues of some sort. If you’re fortunate enough not to have anything troubling going on in your life right now, you will shortly. A large part of the many reasons we go to church is to gain the spiritual sustenance we need to cope spiritually with the problems we have to face on a daily basis.

When your spiritual meal is over on Sunday morning, I pray that you’ve received a meal that is so spiritually fulfilling that you leave that place of refreshing looking forward to your next spiritual dining experience.

For those of you who are leaving your spiritual dining experience feeling a little short changed, I pray that God would reveal a nicer restaurant to you. One that has a menu filled with God’s delectable goodies that will leave you spiritually satisfied until the following week.

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4 Comments

  1. When I first (years ago) decided to try going to church is was for selfish reasons, maybe I'll feel better, maybe the church will help me with my bills, etc. As soon as I walked through the doors of my church I felt different. Unfortunately it took me years to make the commitment to Jesus and change my heart and mind, but now I love going to church each week. I actually long for the next week. I go to church Sunday then a small Christ Care Bible study group on Monday, kind of wish it was mid week to break it up so I could feel satisfied longer.
    This was such a good post and I know there are many people that leave their churches still starving, questioning why they bother.

    • Hi Kimberley,
      Thank you for your comment. I think we are experiencing an age when there is an abundance of scripture available but the understanding of the scripture is low. I was that way for years. I thank God for people like you who have taken the time to put together forums where God’s people can come together and build one another up in the Lord!

  2. I completely understand why you and your family have breakfast together at that restaurant. Its not about the food at all. Its about the family bond. Coming together to share each others thoughts and feelings. The day i have a family i will do the same. It is very important to feed the soul. Keeping a tight family bond strengthens your bond with GOD.

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