Building a Spiritual Appetite

Matt.5:[6] Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.


Jn 3:[5] Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
[6] That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
[7] Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.

When you receive Christ as your Savior you become reborn on the inside. The Spirit of God brings about a rebirth. The new man inside of you needs food just as your fleshly body needs food. Too many Christians seem apathetic towards church and the things of God. We need a craving for the things of God. If you begin to lay out of church and go for days without reading your Bible the spirit within begins to starve itself. Just as a body who doesn’t eat for awhile eventually loses the hunger pains and slowly starves to death so the spirit within begins to dwindle up inside. We the people of God should be hungry for spiritual food. Can you imagine if the only food you ate physically was on Sunday morning? How weak would your body be?
For those who seem to have lost their spiritual appetite let me share these steps for increasing appetite both physical and spiritual.

Step 1
Exercise! Exercise builds an appetite.
Heb.5:12 For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat.
[13] For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe.
[14] But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.

We develop a spiritual appetite by exercising the principles of God’s Word. Actively work for the cause of Christ. Just as a filled sponge has no more room unless wrung out so the spirit inside becomes satiated unless emptied in sharing and caring for others.

Step 2
Eat several small meals throughout the day as opposed to 3 giant meals. Keep your Bible nearby. Read a verse throughout the day. Say a quick prayer. Sing a Christian chorus.

Jn 4:[32] But he said unto them, I have meat to eat that ye know not of.
[33] Therefore said the disciples one to another, Hath any man brought him ought to eat?
[34] Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work.

Step 3
Meals should be taken at regular times. Make yourself eat when it is time. Soon you will find you are getting hungry at your regular mealtimes.

The early church gathered every day! Not simply three times a week! We rarely find time to attend church to feed twice on Sundays!
Acts.2:42] And they continued stedfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.
Acts 2:[43] And fear came upon every soul: and many wonders and signs were done by the apostles.
[44] And all that believed were together, and had all things common;
[45] And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need.
[46] And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart,
[47] Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.

Step 4
Make sensory pleasing meals. Meals that appeal to the sight and smell.

We give our seed to the church which is used by the minister to prepare food for the Christian spirit. The minister is to prepare food for the hungry soul whereby the Christian may grow. But, if we do not give the seed and we do not attend to get fed we will not have a spiritual appetite.

2Cor.9:[9] (As it is written, He hath dispersed abroad; he hath given to the poor: his righteousness remaineth for ever.
[10] Now he that ministereth seed to the sower both minister bread for your food, and multiply your seed sown, and increase the fruits of your righteousness;)

Step 5
Drink after your meal not during. Too much beverage intake will fill you up and hamper your appetite.

Too many Christians are full of the milk of the gospel and do not have an appetite for the meat of God’s Word. They are babies and stunted in their spiritual growth. Let’s not get full on the milk but let us strive to get the meat.

1Cor.3:[1] And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ.
[2] I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able.
[3] For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men?

Step 6
Use a variety of spices and seasonings to dress up your meals and make them tastier and more appealing.

The Christian should be well rounded in the doctrines of the faith so they are able to give sound answers.
Salt is something that gives worth to what we say. Salt is a preservative. Salt purifies. May you be eating well seasoned meals so you may be prepared to give out well seasoned answers to those who have questions.

Col.4:[5] Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time.
[6] Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.