To be spiritually fat. What does that mean? I am not totally sure how I can define it, but here are some of my thoughts. To be spiritually fat is to come to church every week, to read the bible everyday, to be involved in a bible study group, and yet, it stops there. Being spiritually fat means stopping at just knowing. It is to know everything and apply nothing. It is claiming to have faith but lacking any real evidence.
“But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like. But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing.” James 1:22-25 (ESV)
No one puts it better than Perry Noble when he said, “Information doesn’t lead to transformation; application leads to transformation.” Many times we thought that knowing the bible all the way from Genesis to Revelation is what it takes to be transformed. Many times we thought that knowing God’s Words is enough. But no. Simply knowing will not help us grow. Simply knowing does not necessarily make us better than others. Simply knowing will not transform us.
What if it takes us having less to have more of God?
What if it takes decreasing ourselves to let God increase?
What if it takes us being unnoticed to give all the glorify to God?
What if it takes us knowing less to know more of God?
Maybe it is true. Maybe we need to consume less of ourselves to be overwhelmed by the sweet taste of God. Maybe we need to lose some weight so God can regain His weight in us. Maybe we need to shred some ‘fat’ so the God who lives in us can shine His light through us. Maybe we need to take in less information and start exercising the Word to experience God in a more personal level. Maybe the first and most crucial step is to realize that we are indeed spiritually fat.
“Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.” Matthew 7:24-27 (ESV)
There. This explains why many times we fall when the storms of life strike. This explains why we simply give in when temptations come in our way. Dig deep to the foundation. Where are we building our lives on? I guess in this constantly changing world, we cannot hold on to anything and expect it to stay unshaken when winds blew and beat against except for God. Maybe, just maybe, you thought that you are on a spiritual high. Maybe you are. Maybe you are at the top, maybe you know all the doctrines, maybe you know how to interpret all the parables in the bible. But maybe, one more step you take is what you need to topple and crash down. Lying at rock bottom, you found out that you have been building on a weak, fragile, shaking ground. It is so hard for us to realize that all these times we are building on the wrong foundation when everything seems fine from the outside. You may shake a little bit when there is a breeze, but you are still up there. But sooner or later, the storm will come.
No, it is not too late to redo your foundation. Maybe you have to make a U-turn, or maybe you have to slowly relocate from a weak to a strong foundation one step at a time. But there will be a way to turn things around. Trust God and the process. Embrace it. Maybe at this point, you are on the ground, not knowing what to do next. Start picking up your broken pieces and rebuild yourself upon the strong foundation. It takes time. It is not a one-night process. Hang in there!
Let this be a reminder for all of us to not be spiritual pigs. Get off the couch and start exercising love! It is a long journey ahead of us but He is with us!
Lose some weight, us pigs!