“Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God . . .” This statement by Jesus to the deceiver has been stuck in my head. The very distinction between the physical needs and soul needs speaks volumes to our current societal condition.
We are a well off nation, even though many of us experience shortcomings. Without God, it is a “by bread alone” culture – the less we have, the worse off we are. WITH God, when you scrape away all the physical needs, you recognize the importance and priority of the needs of the soul.
It is the greatest temptation when our worldly needs are met to forget about our spiritual needs. As our soul begins to hunger, we try to stuff it with the physical: more food, more money, more recognition, more beauty, more wine, more push-ups.
But only the spiritual practices meet the needs of the soul. When one has no money, simplicity begets richness. When one has no food, prayer satisfies the spirit. When one has no physical comfort, loving relationships make aches and pains more tolerable.
Whether you are physically struggling or doing quite fine, please take some time right now to ask yourself what you are doing for your soul. Is your life too busy to have stillness and quiet time with God? Are you trying to feed your spiritual needs by physical means? Are you investing time as much time and energy into others’ lives as you are your own?
Whatever state you are in, know that I have prayed over these words and have the utmost hope that you find no obstacle between you and God. And if you’re fine, know that you’ve been called not just to be fine, but to help lead others to the same spirit/body balance. See you at the watering hole.
Sean King is the Pastor for First Christian Church of Cisco.