A little over a week ago, I received a shipment of Bibles from my home church Salem Baptist. Along with those Bibles they sent my FAVORITE treats, starburst jelly beans, and birthday-cake oreos!
The plan was to eat just a few of them at a time….
But that didn’t happen 🙂
In just over a week, I’ve crushed almost an entire large container of jelly beans one handful at a time, and polished off two large packs of Oreos. Part of this is due to the face that I don’t usually have things like this, and partly because they are irresistible.
I indulged in that junk food thinking it wasn’t a big problem (I’ll lose the weight after all)
But I was wrong.
I woke up Monday morning with a splitting headache, and didn’t feel like myself almost all day. Tuesday was better, but I spent most of Wednesday feeling exhausted and lacking energy. All of those extra sweets had resulted in a “sugar spike” that affected me physically till Thursday.
Realizing the source of the problem, I’ve stayed away from the sweets for the most part since Wednesday (Okay I did indulge in some jelly beans at night).
The Lord has reminded me through this experience that you cannot eat junk, and expect to be effective
This message can also be applied to the food that we fill our minds, and hearts with.
You cannot expect to serve the Lord at 100% while feasting on
- The worlds entertainment
- Music that heightens our emotions, but doesn’t draw us closer to God
- A lifestyle of comfort, or rest
- or compromised convictions
Things like this FEEL GOOD at the moment, just like jelly beans and birthday cake Oreos! But filling your heart and mind with the worlds junk food will not bring happiness.
So what is the answer?
Feast on Christ!
- Study and meditate upon Scripture
- Pray constantly
- Discipline yourself for the purpose of Godliness
- And surround yourself with Godly friends
There is nothing wrong with an occasional handful of jelly-beans
But they cannot constitute your diet.
In the same way may we reject the worlds junk food, and feast on Christ.