Eat The Book
As a Psychology major, one of my core modules is Abnormal Psychology. In that module, we learn about the characteristics and symptoms of many psychological conditions. Today, let’s learn about two of them – Anorexia and Bulimia. Putting aside the psychological definitions, anorexia is characterized by severe food deprivation, whereas bulimia is characterized by eating and vomiting.
In psychology, such conditions are considered as eating disorders. But Christians may also exhibit such eating disorders, in the spiritual realm! A spiritually anorexic Christian is one who doesn’t eat the Book enough. This Book I’m referring is the Word of God, the Bible. Such condition occurs when a Christian doesn’t read the word of God enough. They may only eat once a week. This weekly feeding probably lies on a Sunday during the sermon time. Just as we need to have regular meals in order to allow our body to function healthily, we also need to feed ourselves spiritually with the Word of God – the Bible.
Unlike the spiritually anorexic Christians, spiritually bulimic Christians eat the Book and vomit it out. He or she may read the word or may have an extensive study of the word. However spiritually bulimic Christians do not apply or live out the word of God. It is as good as eating the food, but not digesting and using the word in the spiritual body.
In order to be UNITED with God, we need to have regular and healthy spiritual meals. We need to eat the Book, feast on the Word of God. John in the book of Revelation 10: 8- 9 heard God’s voice, commanding him to eat the little book, the word of God:
The voice out of Heaven spoke to me again: “Go, take the book held open in the hand of the Angel astride sea and earth.” I went up to the Angel and said, “Give me the little book.” He said, “Take it, then eat it…
Similar to eating, when we need to chew our food well before sending it down our throat, we have to chew on the Word of God. In chewing our food, we break down the food particles into smaller pieces so that we are able to swallow it. Likewise, when we chew on the Word of God, we need to break down the passage, study it and understand it.
There are many avenues to help you to understand and grow stronger in the word of God. Come join us for Sunday service! My Pastor, Dr Stephen Tan’s sermon is known for being one that is easy to understand and highly applicable. Sign up for Rhema@River, our Church’s collaboration with Rhema Bible Training Center. Join an EMPOWERED! Discipleship group and study the word of God together. Meditate on the Word of God, pray and seek God for His help to understand His word.
After chewing the food to a size that can be swallowed, the food will then be digested and the nutrients will be used by the body for daily functioning. Similarly, we need to live out the word of God and apply it in our daily living. Jesus, in Matthew 28:19-20, commands us to make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the Name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them all that the Lord has commanded. To live out the word is to go, reach out to people around you, connect them to the family of God at our weekly church services and platforms. Most importantly, invite them to receive Jesus in their lives and teach them the word of God.
Eat the book today, tomorrow and forever more! Come, let us pray.
“Dear Heavenly Father, I hear Your word today, commanding me to eat the Book. I commit to chew on Your word every day and let Your word be deeply engraved in my heart. I thank You for helping me to live out Your word in every aspect of my life. Use me as Your vessel to evangelize and to disciple others just as You have commanded me. Thank You Father for the spiritual nourishment, so that I may grow deeper and stronger in Your word. I pray all these in Jesus most mighty Name. AMEN!”