Spiritual Fasting

Friday, August 11                   

There’s another related application in this idea of eating Jesus’ flesh in John 6:53.  Our physical lives are maintained by food and drink.  We don’t just eat and drink one day and then cease to eat and drink the next.  We need to restore our energy every day.  We can fast for a short time, but life will end if we don’t continue to eat and drink.  That’s the way it is with our spiritual life, too.  We need to partake of food from heaven on a regular basis.   “Spiritual fasting” is deadly.  In 1 Cor. 11:27-30 Paul refers to eating the bread and drinking the cup in connection with the communion table.  After dealing with people who eat and drink of the Lord’s table unworthily he says “That is why many among you are weak and sick, and a number of you have fallen asleep.”  I think that weakness, sickness and “falling asleep” might also be caused by “Spiritual fasting.”  While Paul is speaking of physical sickness and physical death, we can also be sick spiritually and we can be virtually spiritually dead—in the sense that we are totally ineffective in serving the Lord.  Christ is our daily nourishment.  Jesus uses the analogy of the grape vine to make this point.  A constant connection with the vine is what eventually produces the fruit.  Branches that are not producing are cut off.  I’m not suggesting that an ineffective Christian loses his salvation.  Paul didn’t imply that those who had fallen asleep had lost their salvation, either.  But I don’t want to some day stand before the Lord empty handed.  So I need his daily nourishment.

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