(Bible quotations are from the NIV unless otherwise stated)
Spiritually Hungry Christians
11th October 2008
I meet many people who call themselves Christians and yet seem to be restless, unsatisfied, unfulfilled people. And I meet many Christians who seem to have settled for less than what Jesus promised, and are trying to be comfortable with a sub-Christian lifestyle.
So why is it that so many of us find being Christians so unsatisfying? Why does a life with God seem to be so much less wonderful than the Bible seems to promise?
Well, we can be sure that the problem with our relationship with God is not His fault. So what adjustment do we need to make?
Jesus promised us that:
Jesus is our spiritual food. He is always enough. If we feed on Him, we will NEVER be hungry.
But we feed on TV, on sport, or holidays, on our career, on the illusion of financial security. The more religious among us feed on Christian books, on conferences, on Christian music, on particular preachers. All of this is good, of course, but it’s not the same thing as feeding on Jesus, in the same way that reading a menu is good, but it’s not as good as eating the meal.
It seems that we would do almost anything rather than actually get down to prayer and Bible study. We rather read articles about feeding on Jesus (such as this one) than actually feed on Him.
Jesus saved us so that we could have a relationship with Him. Not just head knowledge – knowing about Him, but relationship – knowing Him. Not just buying recipe book, but eating. Not just studying theory, but experiencing reality.
Jesus went on to say:
Life! Real life! Abundant life!
Truth! Reality! Eternity!
All ours, if we feed on Jesus Himself.
Come to Him. Accept no substitute.