Jesus said, “Therefore I say to you, don’t worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink…. (Matt 6:25)” When we become more concerned about what to eat, when to eat, where to eat kind of people, we are choking God’s Word to work in our lives. There is lot of difference in living to eat and eating to live. We believers seldom belong to the second category. Our savior thought us not to worry about our appetites, but that our Father in heaven is faithful to feed us in time. “Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your Heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than them?” We can never really be true servants of God unless we have control over our appetites.
How many of us are concerned about our spiritual hunger? Hunger for God’s Word, for His presence, for His divine guidance, for everything? People look at time when they are in the church service; they are not hungry for His Word. They don’t know why they go to church sometimes. Get habituated to fasting and prayer often. Stay away from food until you hear from God when you are reading the Bible. Get hungry for His word and revelation. If our physical appetite exceeds and overcomes the spiritual appetite, God’s Word is not going to bear the root and produce the fruit in us. Jesus said, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every Word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.” Matt 4:4
Physical thirst instead of spiritual thirst
Jesus said, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink.” (Jn 7:38) We are thirsty for power, thirsty for position, thirsty for status, thirsty for name and fame. Oh we so long to be noticed among people for who we are. This self-portrayed image identification sickness is not a recent one, Jesus said, “Unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of Pharisees, you will not enter heaven.” They longed for everything that traditions and man-made cults brought to them. They held on to cultures. They held on to rules and regulations. They were stiff necked and would not be bent upon giving up such ‘generation-to-generation-man-made-non-biblical’ doctrines rather than heeding the divine Word of God. Jesus was concerned for that very reason; he broke the customs of the Jews in those days. Jesus doesn’t need our customs and traditions but He needs our hearts to follow Him wholly.
What are we longing for today? The most difficult task to undo in Christian-world today is traditionalism. For man it is impossible, but with God all things are possible. I pray that every man made traditions and customs be broken utterly by the Word of God, so that in everything and in all things, God’s Word would become the ultimate in our life. Are you thirty for the Spirit of God? Are you thirsty for His Spirit of truth to control your life? Are you thirsty to be led by His Word in all matters? Are you ready to let him break and repair you in matters that you are struggling to overcome? Jesus says, “Let such people come to Me.” For therein lies our eternal rest. If you let anything other than God’s Word to rule your world, if you let other things of this world to dictate you, you are choking His Word to work in your life. Beware!