James 1:22, "Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says."
By far, one of the most successful industries in the world today is the diet industry. From self-help books and tapes to meal supplements and plans, diet gurus feverishly promote their products and ideas. But if you ask any of them what the keys to a fruitful and healthy life are, they will undoubtedly tell you that there's more to it than just a diet. At some point, you've got to get up and exercise. The same is true when it comes to spiritual health. Yes, we must feed on the Word of God. And the church is the table where we come to get fed. But if all we do is eat and eat, eventually our spiritual stomachs will grow so big, so fat, that we won't be able to move. Feeding on the Word of God has a purpose beyond filling our minds with biblical knowledge and theological truths. The nourishment from that food is the very thing that provides us with the fuel to get out and serve others. True spiritual maturity is all about pushing away from the table and exercising-it's about doing the will of God, not just hearing what His will is. Remember that the will of God is that we each do His will. Don't grow complacent in simply feeding on the Word of God. Take what you learn, push away from the table, and use that food to exercise and serve others!
Think about your "diet and exercise" plan when it comes to spiritual maturity. Are you doing those things you are learning? Trust God's Word for more than head knowledge. Listen to His challenge, push away, and find a place in His House to serve others!
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for providing me with the Bread of Life, Jesus Christ. Help me, though, to have the discipline to do more than simply feed on Your Word. Help me to push away and do Your will! In Jesus' name, Amen.