When I reflect on the building blocks of nutrition for physical health, I am reminded of the importance of the building blocks for spiritual health. For example, protein found in fish, chicken and beans build muscle for physical strength, I thought of Jesus. Just like malnutrition is seen when patients lack healthy protein sources, without the living Messiah we can lack basic nutrients of life (2 Timothy 2:1).
Starches found in bread and rice give us daily energy, whereas scripture is our spiritual bread. We need to nourish our faith daily through the reading and studying of God’s word (Matthew 4:4).
Vegetables supply the nutrients for each cell in our body, yet many of our diets lack an adequate intake. Thus, I couldn’t help but think of prayer in comparison to vegetables. All though prayer is a vital for our faith, we seem to fall short on the amount of time we spend in prayer. (Luke 5:16)
The building block of our faith is also found in praise and worship. I think of this as fruit. When we lift our voices in song exalting the goodness and excellence of our gracious Heavenly Father we experience the sweetness of his presence. It is rich in nutrients. Yet, leaves us hungry for more and more! (Hebrews 13:15)
Eat from the bounty of the Lord’s Table feasting on all the sustenance he provides both physically and spiritually (Psalm 23:5; Matthew 22:1).
“ ‘Man does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’ ” (Deut 8:3/Matt 4:4)