The first way to stop growing in Christ is to satisfy yourself
So much of our culture screams: TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF! It’s in every movie, it’s in every song. It’s in our psychology, philosophy, education and even our religion.
But if you want to stifle your growth in Christ and stagnate as a Christian, then work hard to satisfy yourself!
Matthew 4:4. “‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.’”
In the above passage we learn an important aspect of growing in our spiritual life with God.
The greek word for Live has several interesting translations such as:
- To live, breath, be among the living (NOT LIFELESS, NOT DEAD)
- To Enjoy TRUE LIFE; ACTIVE, blessed, eternal in the kingdom
- Living water, having vital power in itself and exerting the same upon the soul
- To be in full vigor; to be fresh, strong, efficient, powerful, active, efficacious (successful)
Jesus responds to the temptation to SATISFY HIMSELF (by the devil) with the response that we need to have burned into our soul- true LIFE, a life of power, an effective life with God, a strong life does not come from physical food, BUT it comes from every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.
True life comes from the life-giving Word of God; this is found in His written Word, and from His Holy Spirit who speaks life into you.
Jesus speaks on this issue later in His ministry in John 6:33-35 in which he explains how to find this special kind of life, this spiritual life, this power-filled life.
John 6:33-35, “For the bread of God is that which comes down out of heaven, and gives life to the world.” Then they said to Him, “Lord, always give us this bread.” Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; he who comes to Me will not hunger, and he who believes in Me will never thirst.”
I wonder how many of us have this kid of spiritual longing in us to come to Christ and be filled.
“If you don’t feel strong desires for the manifestation of the glory of God, it is not because you have drunk deeply and are satisfied. It is because you have nibbled so long at the table of the world. Your soul is stuffed with small things, and there is no room for the great.” -John Pipper, A Hunger for God
So many Christians have filled their soul with worldly desires, we have had our fill, and have no more room for Spiritual food. And so we have lost our desire for the truly great things, for the manifest presence of God. Do you want the manifest presence of God in your life? In your job? In your family? In our community?