Thus you will walk in the ways of the good and keep to the paths of the righteous. (Proverbs 2:20)
How is your spiritual appetite lately? Do you have a hunger for God? Do you believe it is possible to maintain a strong spiritual appetite throughout your life? I want to encourage you today with two simple steps to maintain your spiritual appetite, whether the circumstances you are facing in life are difficult or delightful.
#1 Remember God’s Love For You
The first step in maintaining your spiritual appetite throughout life is to remember “how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ” (Ephesians 3:18). Keeping the love of God in Christ Jesus firmly in mind will keep you hungry and thirsty for the living God. Remember, God does not love you because you are lovable; He loves you because you are His. God loves you perfectly and completely in your every imperfection. He always welcomes you into His presence, no matter how badly you have messed things up. “Draw near to God,” He assures us, “and He will draw near to you” (James 4:8 NKJV).
#2 Forsake Eating “Folly Food“
The second step in maintaining your spiritual appetite throughout life is to diligently forsake junk food. The God-sized hole in your heart can only be filled by God. When you try to fill that hole with anything smaller than Jesus, it will always leave you wanting and malnourished. No matter how much success you experience in this life, nothing will satisfy the deepest desire of your heart — the desire for Jesus. We were made to desire Him! He died to make us His and to restore us to right relationship with God, so that we will echo Paul, who exulted that “to live is Christ” (Philippians 1:21).
Remember, “the discerning heart seeks knowledge, but the mouth of a fool feeds on folly” (Proverbs 15:14). What have you been filling up on lately? When you make knowing God your highest priority in life, you will find your spiritual appetite growing throughout life. You will simply be unable to satisfy your hunger for all things holy. Stay in the Word of God. Stay in close communion with Jesus. Stay connected to your family of faith weekly. Remember God’s love for you, forsake eating “folly food,” and God will continue cultivating your appetite for Him until the day you are brought into glory.
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!