I have a habit of wanting to write follow-up articles. I like doing a series of articles and all that. There’s something fulfilling and purposeful about writing that way. It’s more than a one-off. So, I did a sequel of sorts to “Spiritual hunger”. Here’s that article:
More spiritual hunger
By Peter Veugelaers
Some people scour for something more to life. That’s quite natural. When I was street witnessing, there was a guy who told me he was ‘searching’. There are books on shelves about finding the meaning of life and they get read by sincere people who are searching for what lies beneath.
Why is there spiritual hunger?
We possess a spiritual body. (1 Corinthians 15:44). In the spiritual body’s original state, it’s satisfied. But The Devil deceived the humans, The Fall happened, and suddenly, humans became needy, possessing a barren spirit.
The Devil deceived the first humans. He tries to sidetrack us to find spiritual food solely in the natural world. But when Jesus was tempted this way, he rebuked the Devil by quoting Scripture, saying, “Man does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.”
Humans live not by natural things alone. We need spiritual food.
We can’t make spiritual food on our own. We need help. We need God to help us.
God’s son, Jesus, came to restore us. (Matthew 1:21)
Jesus is still calling people to come to him for spiritual life. (Revelation 22:17)
And when we come to Jesus, he gives his Spirit to restore our spirits (Matthew 3:11) which makes us alive with God’s life.
We come poor. (Matthew 5:3). We are spiritually poor with broken spirits and can’t save ourselves, but God came to help people in need.
In the Scriptures God says,
“When the time came, I listened to you, And when you needed help, I came to save you.” (2 Corinthians 6:2; Contemporary English Version)
And who have we received to help us spiritually? We received Jesus who is good, kind, and merciful.
God our Saviour showed us how good and kind he is. He saved us because of his mercy, and not because of any good things we have done. (Titus 3:4; Contemporary English Version)
And Jesus gives rest to the searching and weary soul
Come to me, all who labor and are heavy-laden and over-burdened, and I will cause you to rest—I will ease and relieve and refresh your souls. Take My yoke upon you, and learn of Me; for I am gentle (meek) and humble (lowly) in heart, and you will find rest—relief, ease and refreshment and recreation and blessed quiet—for your souls. For My yoke is wholesome (useful, good)—not harsh, hard, sharp or pressing, but comfortable, gracious and pleasant; and My burden is light and easy to be borne. (Matthew 11:28-30)
And what spiritual life can we receive from Jesus?
Gloriousness (2 Corinthians 3:8)
Freedom (2 Corinthians 3:17)
Light (2 Corinthians 4:6)
Power (2 Corinthians 4:7-8)
Spiritual blessings (Ephesians 1:3)
God fills us (Ephesians 1:17-23)
From death to life (Ephesians 2:4-6)
Wonder (Philippians 3:8)
Peace (Philippians 4:6-8)
Strength (Philippians 4:13, Colossians 1:11)
Love (Colossians 1:8)
Understanding and wisdom (Colossians 1:9-10)
Meaning in life (Colossians 3:3-4)
Gladness (1 Thessalonians 1:6)
Comfort (2 Thessalonians 2:16)
Faith (1 Timothy 1:14)
Self-control (2 Timothy 1:7)
A spiritual treasure (2 Timothy 1:14)
Hope (Titus 2:13)
Jesus is all we need spiritually. (1 Timothy 6:17)
Even with a renewed spirit, we can still struggle against the ways of the sinful nature. The spiritual benefits of saying yes to God and no to sin is immense. We can reap a spiritual harvest rather than a harvest of sin. God gives life, but living in sin reaps destruction.
With God’s help, we can build more of those spiritual qualities in our lives and subdue our sinful desires. (Colossians 2:7, Jude v.20)
If we want more of God, we can spend more time in prayer, devotional readings, fellowship and worship.
If having a problem or troubled by a sin the answer is discipline. With spiritual discipline, we can say no to the ways of the sinful nature (which can lead to the wide road of destruction) and reap more of a spiritual harvest in our lives. As we go on with Christ, we can be spiritually satisfied.
Those who are persecuted and facing trouble for the sake of the gospel and in peril as missionaries face a tougher spiritual challenge. That in itself is another article.
Yet God helping people find satisfaction for spiritual hunger started with Jesus coming into the world…
Praise God! We can begin again!
[Published 2016, Faces Magazine, Canterbury/Westland Baptist Association]