The Healthy Doctrine Diet
Read Ephesians 4:14-16
...so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes. Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into Him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.
How can you keep your spiritual doctrines healthy?
Are you ever overwhelmed by how much information about exercise and nutrition is out there? There are so many diet and exercise trends that it can be confusing. Which ones actually work? Which ones are just fads? Are any of them dangerous to our health? As overwhelming as it can be, we know it is important to eat right and exercise. It keeps our bodies working properly.
Did you know that we need to stick to a healthy diet and exercise routine in our spiritual lives as well? Paul was clear that if we are not careful, we will be tossed around and carried away by every false teaching and deceit. We need to grow and mature into strong, healthy Christians. And everyone knows that in order to grow up big and strong, you have to eat right. In this case, you have to feed on the Word of God. There is a lot of spiritual information out there! It can be difficult to sort through it all. Without a steady diet of God’s Word, you won’t be able to discern truth from lies and fact from fiction. And the consequences of poor spiritual health and getting sucked into “fad doctrines” can be eternal.
The healthy doctrine diet is the Word of God but what should be our spiritual exercise routine? It’s working out your faith. It’s putting those healthy beliefs into practice. Serving, teaching, giving, and praying for others are ways to work out your faith. Contending for the truth but speaking with gentleness and love is another way to work it out. In James 2:26, James says that faith without works is dead. You can eat a steady diet of God’s Word but if you don’t exercise your faith, it doesn’t do you or anyone else any good.
In today’s passage, Paul says that when each part of the body of Christ is working properly, the entire body grows and is built up in love. Friends, healthy spiritual habits do not just benefit you. They contribute to the edification, or building up, of the whole church. So, feed on a steady diet of God’s Word to help you grow strong in your convictions. And then, exercise your faith for the benefit of your brothers and sisters in Christ - the church.
God, Your Word is good nourishment for my soul. Strengthen me and grow me up in maturity so that I won’t get carried away by false doctrine. Show me how to work out my faith in a way that glorifies You and edifies the church. Amen.
~ Pastor Nat Crawford
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