On a hot sunny day, nourishment usually comes in the form of a cold drink. Yet, as day turns into night, stomachs begin to grumble, yearning for solid food to quench hunger pains. However, nourishment isn’t limited to the physical. Beyond food and beverages, nourishment also involves other substances necessary for growth and health to remain in good condition. In the passage below, the apostle Paul eludes to spiritual nourishment.
If you lay all these instructions before the brethren, you will be a worthy steward and a good minister of Christ Jesus, ever nourishing your own self on the truths of the faith and of the good [Christian] instruction which you have closely followed, 1 Timothy 4:6.
The most basic way to nourish yourself is by reading the Word of God, Romans 10:17. The more you read, minds are enlightened by spiritual truths to help you ascertain the will of God, Romans 12:2. According to one biblical author, as what you read begins to click and make sense, an assurance and hope is conceived, Hebrews 11:1. As the truths of the Bible take root within your heart and mind, Colossians 2:6-7, all things will work together for the good.
But refuse and avoid irreverent legends (profane and impure and godless fictions, mere grandmothers’ tales) and silly myths, and express your disapproval of them. Train yourself toward godliness (piety), [keeping yourself spiritually fit]. 8 For physical training is of some value (useful for a little), but godliness (spiritual training) is useful and of value in everything and in every way, for it holds promise for the present life and also for the life which is to come, 1 Timothy 4:7-8.
Unfortunately, many Christians tends to become bored which dulls their faith, Hebrews 5:11-14. If you get sloppy, stunted by an immature faith, you won’t be able to handle solid food. While speaking to the Pharisees, Jesus reminds religious teachers that the healthy can take care of themselves, Matthew 9:11-12. Meanwhile, it’s the poor and sick that need help. Therefore, as you learn to nourish yourself, you can begin to reach out to others by spreading the truths of faith.
by Jay Mankus