On long cycling rides event coordinators usually set up what they call ‘food’ or ‘rest’ stops every 10-15 miles. They’re complete with refreshments ranging from chopped up fruit to my favorite, chocolate chip cookies. Besides, nothing says high performance cycling like shoving 3 of those bad boys down before trying to look serious again. I do that by grabbing a banana and commenting to my buddies on how my cadence were a little off on the last climb (probably the 3 slices of banana nut bread at the prior ‘food’ stop). Hey, you have to reward yourself after a good climb! Anyways, the point of these cycling stops is to provide some much needed nutrition and a critical gatorade refresh; which is likely luke warm by the time you pull your bike up.
Can you imagine biking a casual century without a rest stop? I mean the pros do it in the tour everyday, but even they have cycling team cars and a lunch break (a game of balance on your bike while you eat). Let’s just be thankful they actually get off their bikes to take a ‘natural’ break, as the VS. announcer puts it so kindly. The point is that everyone needs the right nutrition and hydration to keep cycling at high performance and end up at the finish line.
It’s something we all understand so completely when it comes to a century ride, athletics, our work, our school, etc. In fact its never undermined in our health! When’s the last time you skipped a meal? (I certainly can’t remember). But why does this concept just fall by the wayside when it comes to our faith? And in terms of our faith, our sustenance and nutrition is the Word of God…
We don’t read the word of God daily for months and we feel suffocated by our problems in our lives. We miss bible study for weeks on end and we complain that we just don’t feel ‘led’ in any direction right now. We can even start to skip Sunday’s as life just gets busy, yet we wonder why we struggle for a giving loving heart. It happens to all of us in varying degrees, and the point is not to make us feel bad for letting our spiritual diet slip.
2 Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation— 3if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good. – 1 Peter 2:2-3 ESV
The point is that we should never underestimate the importance of the Word of God in our lives. It’s like the cycling and biking rest stops in the century we discussed above. Without them the ride is a lot more difficult, and ignoring it for long periods of time results in death! The instant we stop reading the word of God is the instant we start to die again. Put it this way, it is like holding your breath under water. We only have so much clock until we start to have ill effects (muscle spazims, loss of brain activity, etc). The only cure is to return to the surface for life giving air. We require our spiritual nutrition, the Word of God, in our lives more than we would like to admit.
19 Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach, and their glory is in their shame. Their mind is set on earthly things. 20 But our citizenship is in heaven. – Philippians 3:19-20 NIV
In many instances the bible speaks about how we are foreigners in this world and citizens of the kingdom of God. And its true! We are like animals not living in our natural habitat. Like human’s swimming around in an underwater world. Too much of the water world and we die. As foreigners we can’t rely on the sustenance of the world (flesh) as it is not what we were made for. We, as children of God, must constantly stay in touch with the Word of God, the nutrition that leads to life!
For doesn’t a breath give us strength, energy, a clear mind, and peace? So next time you feel life slipping out of control, might it be a reminder you need to pull over to a rest stop and get your spiritual milk?
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