Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Religious Empty Calories

You can stuff yourself with food and feel full. If the food is of the fake variety, full of non-nutritional empty calories, you could actually be dying thinking you are satisfied. It might not kill you instantly but you will starve and waste your body over time.

It's no different with our faith in Christ.

We can be satisfied with the power and purity of the gospel, and follow Jesus for Who He is, or we can create a plethora of myths surrounding Him and turn Him into a mystery which no one can ever actually get to know.

Religious empty calories. No spiritual nutritional value. In the long run it will starve you to death.  

Matthew 6:19 (AMP) - "Do not gather and heap up and store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust and worm consume and destroy, and where thieves break through and steal."

We often view this verse as being about worldly rich sinful gluttons. However, if we read contextually, it follows what Jesus is describing as the overtly religious.

People have built great and ornate cathedrals. They have lined their altars with gold and jewels. They have made crucifixes that for the cost they could have fed dozens, even hundreds of people.

Empty calories. A religion that starves rather than nourishes.

Weeds not vines.

Matthew 6:20-21 (AMP) - "(20) But gather and heap up and store for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust nor worm consume and destroy, and where thieves do not break through and steal; (21) For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also."

Treasure in heaven, not on earth. The true treasure of earth is what has been stored up in heaven. If your treasure is in heaven than that is where your hearts desire is, and you will never starve.

Nutritional spirituality. More bang for the buck. Healthy vibrant spirits and souls. 

Jesus people.

If you're "hungry" today may I suggest giving your "menu" a good going over? Is what you are taking in through your spiritual ears and eyes really feeding you? Come on now, really feeding you? I mean nourishing you? Allowing you to feel wonderfully satiated with the power, presence , and purity of the Word, Jesus Christ?

You could be starving and not even know it. You've been doing it for so long that it has just become a bad habit. You keep feeding off it because maybe your "diner" has just become a familiar greasy spoon. The food will kill you, but all your friends are there.

I crossed over a long time ago. Nothing will ever stand between me and Jesus again. The earthbound gospel is poisonous. Toxic. The heavenly gospel is where the heart and treasure is. 

Keepin' it Real,

Pastor Kevin <><


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