Today we are going to look at our Appetite. An appetite is a wonderful thing, as all of us have known family or friends who were so sick that they did not care to eat. Growing physically demands a proper diet. Children must eat the right foods to grow up in to healthy adults, and adults need the right nutrients to perform at their
best. Likewise, as Christians we need to hunger for that which supplies our spiritual needs so that we can perform in our Christian walk in a way that honours God.
Jesus said, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled.” Matt.5:6 (NKJV) In other words, our Lord is concerned about our spiritual appetite.
A correct appetite demands that improper eating habits be changed. This is a major problem in our generation in the physical world of food and drink. But, I purpose that it is a greater problem in the spiritual realm. We need a proper hunger for the Word of God.
I shared this morning that if we fail to have a proper spiritual diet, we will be malnourished and this will impact upon our individual performance….hence impacting the teams we are a part of . We will lack the energy and stamina to last the course.
The “appetite” speaks of desire. The newborn Christian must turn from the old desires to those that God implants when He redeems us.
Eve craved that which God had forbidden and it brought about all kinds of human suffering into the world.
Samson craved a relationship outside the will of God and ended up captured and blind.
Judas craved money and, because of yielding to that desire, sold Jesus to His enemies for 30 pieces of silver.
The believer is to crave the Word of God, which is God’s food for the soul. Jesus spoke of it as bread. In Matthew 4:4 Jesus said, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.”
Peter tells us that some things must go if we would have a proper appetite for the
Bible and the things of God. We must get rid of:
The “therefore” in this passage means that what is being said is a consequence of that which has just been said. (That’s what its there for).
Peter is telling us that we ought to have a ferocious appetite for the Word of God in the same way that a newborn baby has an appetite for pure milk.
I will be ministering further on this topic at the weekend so I’ll add some Prayer points here for us to consider.
Billy Graham, in his book “The Secret of Happiness” states that there are four things that can spoil your appetite for the things of God. He states, “There are at least four things that can spoil your appetite for the righteousness of God.”FIRST: Sinful Pleasure can ruin your appetite for the things of God. I once heard the story of a man walking down the road. Behind him followed a pig. A friend called to him and asked how he got the pig to follow him. He said, “It’s very simple. Every step I take, I drop a bean, and the pig likes beans.” Satan goes along the
road of life dropping his beans, and we are following him to eternal destruction.
SECOND: Self-sufficiency can impair your hunger after God. No man is so empty as he who thinks he is full (but is not). No man is so ill as he who has a fatal disease and yet thinks he is in perfect health. No man is so poor as he who thinks he is rich but is actually bankrupt.
THIRD: Secret sin can take away your appetite for the righteousness of God. That secret sin you committed has cost a price. You always thought you had got away with it, but the remorse of it still remains in your heart. Those evil resentments you harbour in your breast against your neighbour! The failure to forgive those who have wronged you! When the heart is filled with wickedness, there is no room for God. The jealousies, the envies, the prejudices, and the malice will take away your appetite for the things of the Spirit.
FOURTH: Neglect of your spiritual life can take away your appetite for the righteousness of God. All Christians believe in God, but they have little time for God. They are too busy with everyday affairs to be taken up with Bible reading, prayer, and being thoughtful to their fellow men. Many of them have lost the spirit of zealous discipleship”.
Do we really appreciate what God has done for us enough to stop eating at the world’s pig trough? God has a banquet prepared for us each day in His Word.
Have a Blessed Day,
– Pastor Ian Patterson-Sharpe