But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.'” Matthew 4:4 NIV
We have all seen the pictures of rescue animals before they have been adopted. They are underweight and malnourished. Burt’s ribs were showing the day we took him home at a whopping 45 lbs. Danni weighed in at 49 lbs. wearing a harness at her first veterinarian appointment. Both dogs filled out nicely and quickly tipped the scales at 60 lbs.
Many of us do not have the problem of being underweight. Some of us are exactly the opposite and trying to watch what we eat so the pounds aren’t packed on over the years but it is possible to be overweight but malnourished.
Malnutrition is described as a lack of sufficient nutrients in the body. Some causes of malnutrition include a poor diet and digestive issues. As Christians, we can suffer malnutrition. When we have a poor diet of spiritual nutrients, our bodies and the body of Christ suffers.
A diet packed full of personal time in God’s word, fellowship, bible study, gathering for public and private worship are all spiritual nutrients. To lack time with God is to starve yourself and when one of God’s children are malnourished, the body of Christ is also operating on a poor diet.
The Parable of the Sower is found in Matthew 13. A farmer was out sowing seeds and some of the seed fell on rocky ground, some fell along the path, and some seed was planted with thorns and other plants that choked the seed out making it unfruitful. How you digest the word of God is also very important. If you have digestive issues, you could become malnourished. Don’t let anything stand in the way of the word of God taking root in your heart. James 1:22 states, “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says”.
Good nutrition provides maintenance, growth, reproduction, and health. Proverbs 3:7-8 tells us, “Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD and shun evil. This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones”.
Make sure you are getting all the proper nutrients from God’s word. We don’t want to be malnourished Christians, starving ourselves and God’s family.