Garbage In, Garbage Out – Living Purposely for Christ in this World!

I’m 42 years old.  I’m thoroughly convinced that our children are going to have terrible health issues due to the quality of food they consume.  I’m not just talking about processed foods.  There have been stories that the nutritional content of the fruits and vegetables that you can purchase at the store are nowhere near what they were 10-20 years ago.

Our kids might look healthy on the outside, but I hate to think what is really happening on the inside!

A big key to good health is eating right.  So, many of us try to grow our own fruits and vegetables, every little bit counts!  Many try to raise chickens, rabbits, goats or even cows for meat too.

It’s not easy, gardening and raising animals is work.  It takes money, time and effort.  But in the end, it is worth it.  We are getting a return that might not even be able to be calculated in real benefit.  We are purposeful and we know it will pay off!

The same is true spiritually!

Many Christians aren’t really watching what they put into their spirit.  They aren’t eating spiritual food and as a result, aren’t very healthy in their relationship with Jesus.

How does this happen?

Colossians 3:1-3 says, “So if you have been raised with the Messiah, seek what is above, where the Messiah is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on what is above, not on what is on the earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with the Messiah in God. When the Messiah, who is your life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with Him in glory.” (HCSB)

Christians fail spiritually when they eat a diet of “the world.”  In opposition to what Colossians 3:1 says, they are not seeking what is above.  Instead, they are indulging in what is below.

What do I mean?

As Christians, we are called to live in this world, but not be of it. John 17:14 says, “I have given them Your word. The world hated them because they are not of the world, as I am not of the world.” (HCSB)

When Christians spend more time in the world than in communion with God, their spiritual life suffers greatly.  For instance, most Christians attend church on Sunday morning.  Most services last about 1 hour.  They leave church and are instantly surrounded by a world that “hates” God.

One hour of God, Jesus, church is a fraction of our week.  It isn’t enough to sustain ANY relationship, much less a relationship with the Savior of the World!

I mean, could you imagine only spending one hour with your spouse a week?  What kind of relationship would you have?  It definitely wouldn’t be a healthy one!

Live Purposefully and Intentional

Just like you need to be intentional about the healthy food you eat, you need to do so even more spiritually.  Here are some things to do.

  • Track how much time you are: watching TV, spending on the internet, working, etc…  Make some changes if you see a pattern that takes you away excessively from spending time with family and God.
  • Schedule a time to pray and read your Bible.  You have to be purposeful.  Don’t just do it when you have “time.”  You’ll never just have “time.”
  • Listen to things that feed your spirit.  On your commute to school or work, listen to Christian music, radio shows or podcasts.
  • Journal your thoughts and prayers
  • Create a gauge to what “passes through your eyes.”  Purpose to turn off a show or walk out of a movie that…   You have to decide how far you are willing to go with media.
  • Memorize Scripture
  • Attend a small group at your church.  Or step out in faith and start one yourself!  You’ll find that you will grow so much more if you are preparing to share every week.
  • Start an accountability group

These are just some ideas.  There are a ton more out there.

It’s the Most Important Thing

Your relationship with God will last forever, it’s the most important thing you can do on this Earth.  When you find that you are keeping in step with the Spirit, you are still going to go through things, but you will have access to God’s peace and will more easily see those things as a little bump in the road instead of something that can totally derail you.

Prepper Application

Just like all the junk out there for Christians, there is a lot of junk out there for preppers too.  You need to wade through it and make sure the ideas and theories that are put out there are really for you and that they are really coming from a Christian World View.

For the Christian Prepper, from what I’ve gathered from my time in preparedness, SHTF should look very different.  There’s a lot to this…so I’ll leave it there for now.

 

 

 

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7 thoughts on “Garbage In, Garbage Out – Living Purposely for Christ in this World!

  1. Laurie

    Wow is this true. Nurturing our spiritual lives is every bit as important as nurturing our physical lives. Thanks for this important reminder. We have an awesome God. We need to worship him, praise him and read His word, love letter to us. God bless.

    1. Todd Sepulveda Post author

      Thanks Louise. I’m glad it was a blessing to you. Hang in there and surround yourself with believers who will pray and encourage you.

      Peace,
      Todd

  2. Dare Tuitt

    In the entertainment-soaked culture we live in, we can all spot the actor who just “phones in ” a performance and the one who actively pursues excellence in their craft. That is the difference between mediocre and laudable. As Christians we must actively pursue excellence all the time in our walk with Jesus. If we begin to settle for mediocre, then we may fall into being merely a Christian in Name Only instead of a Disciple and risk losing a residence in Heaven.

    This should give each of us pause because Jesus Himself said the path to Him is NARROW. That means the vast majority of people (including those who claim to be Christian) will not be in Heaven.

    So are you merely following Jesus or are you a Disciple? In other words, how devoted to knowing Jesus are you? The best way to know Him is to read Him everyday. In the first chapter of the Book of John in the New Testament we learn Jesus is “The Word (Bible) made flesh.” So reading the Bible everyday is drawing near to Jesus.

    The best teaching I ever heard from a minister was “The Old Testament is the New Testament concealed, and the New Testament is the Old Testament revealed.” Jesus is everywhere in the Bible including the Old Testament. Discovering Jesus in each book of the Bible became a fascination for me. Start there. It’s like finding gold.

  3. Debbiw

    Thank you so much for this word, I so needed to be reminded. I have let life consume me and taken away from my time with God. It brought a shame to me, I so needed to be brought back to reality. Please continue to obey, you never know when there is but one sitting on the edge that needs that nudge to get back into the flock where they belong. Continue on my friend and be Blessed by the The Father.

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