Spiritual Fast Food

Have you ever found yourself so hungry and desperate that you literally shoveled the first thing into your mouth that you could get your hands on?

I have had that experience more than few times in my life, and afterwards I am always appalled at what I had consumed.

Greasy. Processed. Artificially flavored. Fat laden junk food.

Why did I eat this stuff that later repulsed me? Well, because I was lazy, hungry and generally unmotivated to take the time to prepare something of substance and quality.

I think we feed ourselves spiritually the same way we feed our bodies with fast food.

We want spiritual nourishment to be convenient, inexpensive yet highly satisfying.

As a result, we the body of Christ are; busy, over committed,
under prepared and malnourished.

We are drawn toward the quick fix and easy spirituality we can fit into our schedules.

The problem is the stuff we are taking in is lacking in substance.

Sure the daily devotionals we read are good, but does it feed your soul or is it simply a snack?

Don’t get me wrong here…devotionals are great. I have a few that I love and read regularly. But growth and maturity come when we immerse ourselves in God’s word and there is no substitute for depth.

With all the technology available to us today, the one thing it cannot do for us is desire to know God.

There is no app for that.

We are hungry and that is what should motivate us to pursue God, grabbing a spiritual snack cannot satiate this hunger.

We regularly feed on fast food and snacks forgetting there is a place set for us at the head table. We choose to feed our souls on far less than God has designed.

We have been given His word as our daily bread and yet we are starving of malnutrition.

Why? I propose there are a few reasons why we choose fast food over the Banquet table of the Lord.

1. Spiritual nourishment requires commitment.
2. Spiritual nourishment requires effort.
3. Spiritual nourishment requires willingness and intentionality.
4. Spiritual nourishment requires we rely on God to deliver.

God desires to spend time with us so that He can make Himself known.

Colossians 2:6-7
“So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, 7 rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.”

Are you a junk food junkie when it comes to your spiritual nutrition?

Grace & Peace ~ Karen


4 thoughts on “Spiritual Fast Food

  1. Barbie says:

    Thank you for this very thought provoking post this morning.  My life gets so busy at times I fear I am consuming way too much junk food!  

    • KAREN COOK says:

      Hi Barbie! Yep, I agree – the busier I get, the more I gravitate toward the quick fix…I hope that I will learn to recognize this sooner in my own life. Enjoy your weekend!

  2. Cindy Holman says:

    Ouch.  Very convicting article – I am guilty, guilty GUILTY of doing a daily devotional because they’re fast and easy – and I do way more writing about spiritual things and portions of scripture than I do reading it.  Thanks for the great reminder 🙂

    • KAREN COOK says:

      Cindy, I know what you mean. It is easy to write about growing deep, but harder to do the work. It’s all about balance – I struggle with this too, so I’m right there with ya girlfirend!

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