Proper food is essential for growth, as the human body needs food to grow, so does the spiritual being. If one is to grow spiritually, they must exercise care. With physical bodies most realize they need care. When a person becomes dirty, they wash themselves, if injured or sick medical attention is sought to take care of the problem.
It is necessary to see the need to care for oneself spiritually. Jesus is the Great Physician and supplies needed care for all in sin. “And Jesus answering said unto them, they that are whole need not a physician; but they that are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance” (Luke 5:31, 32). Sin will cause spiritual death to come to man, if something is not done to combat its effects. (James 1:12 – 16). The care that Jesus offers must be accepted by the “patient”. Just as a person can refuse the words of a physical doctor, they can also refuse to heed the words of the Great Physician.
God has created man in His image (Gen. 1:27) and has given man the power to choose between obeying or rejecting his creator. This points to the need for man to realize the soul needs care.
In caring for the soul one must also avoid contamination. In caring for physical bodies one tries to avoid situations that may cause them to become sick or injured. This same idea should be continued when dealing with soul.
Souls become contaminated by the trash that is allowed to be broadcast on the airways, both television and radio. Fornication is seen in almost every show, immorality is rampant, and language becoming a heathen, uneducated nation is heard constantly on these same airways.
This is more contamination. More and more words not becoming a Christian are being heard coming from the mouths of “Christians”.
Again looking at the book of James, this subject was addressed. “But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.
Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God. Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing.
My brethren, these things ought not so to be. Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter? Can the fig tree, my brethren, bear olive berries? either a vine, figs? so can no fountain both yield salt water and fresh” (James 3:8 – 12).
Christians need to exercise their minds in continual study of the scriptures. “If thou put the brethren in remembrance of these things, thou shalt be a good minister of Jesus Christ, nourished up in the words of faith and of good doctrine, whereunto thou hast attained. But refuse profane and old wives’ fables, and exercise thyself rather unto godliness. For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come” (1 Tim. 4:6 – 8). “Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth” (2 Tim. 2:15). With these words, Paul directed Timothy to exercise care both to his soul and the souls of those with whom Timothy worked.
The importance of proper spiritual growth cannot be overstated, but many times is underestimated.
Each person needs to look within themselves and make sure that they are truly growing spiritually. Good “food” has been provided by God, but man must accept the food.