32But He said to them, “I have food to eat of which you do not know.” (John 4:27-46)
Food is essential for life. Without it we can’t grow and remain healthy. We get strength and vitality from food; however, the wrong food can kill us. Improper diets have killed more people than any disease.
Our souls need nourishment too. The things we think on and the desires we have are food for our souls. Jesus said, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God” (Matt. 4:4). He valued spiritual nourishment more than He valued physical nourishment. He was thrilled to see the Samaritan woman and the people of her town respond to His gift of salvation. His disciples had come with meat for Him to eat, but He said what nourished Him was people coming to Him for salvation.
Likewise, we should set our desires on the things of God so that spiritual matters are more important to us than physical ones. The wrong diet for our souls is the leading cause of failure and depression in the lives of Christians. The Bible says that being spiritually minded produces life and peace, but being carnally minded produces death (Rom. 8:6). In our health-conscious society, many of us wouldn’t dream of abusing our bodies with a poor diet; yet, we kill our souls by feeding on ungodly, worldly things.
Today, treat yourself to a healthy, spiritual meal. Read your Bible and get filled up with God’s Word. Then go to the mall and lead some people to Jesus. You will discover the “meat” Jesus loved more than any natural food.