How to Avoid Spiritual Obesity


“Some people see the glass half full. Others see it half empty.
I see a glass that’s twice as big as it needs to be.”
― George Carlin

I wonder what we would look like if we could see our spiritual bodies, our spiritual form- our true state. Would we be pleased with the image? Shocked? Indifferent?

I believe many of us would look fit to bursting, obese even, overfilled and overstuffed with the things God has invested in us that have nowhere to go.

Bulging with the amount of revelation, insight, teaching and discipleship we have received. Full to the brim with prophetic words spoken over our lives and the personal encouragement God has provided in relation to our destinies.

But what do we do with all of that?

Unfortunately, many of us do nothing. Nothing flows out; the fruit is nowhere to be seen.

The well has been stopped up.

We are afraid to pursue the call of God, afraid to use our gifts.  We are too distracted to pour into the lives of others, or waiting for everything to be perfect before we give our lives away to the cause of His kingdom. Sometimes we just want to receive more from God, not realising there isn’t room for more as we have already reached saturation point.

This is not to be hard on those of us who genuinely struggle to know how to utilise what we have been given. It’s a wake-up call to those of us who do, but don’t.

When we do nothing with the investment of God in our lives we create old wineskins for ourselves. The great cycle of spiritual frustration begins as we ask for more from God but seem to receive little. New wine must be poured into new wineskins.

‘Neither do people pour new wine into old wineskins. If they do, the skins will burst; the wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined. No, they pour new wine into new wineskins, and both are preserved.’- Matthew 9 v 17

God is good, kind and gracious. He desires to pour newness into our lives and preserve our lives at the same time. The preservation is His job, not ours.

It is reminiscent of a parent telling their child to let their food digest before scoffing down pudding, or to look after the toys they already have before getting any new ones.

God is our Father and He takes His fatherhood seriously. He wants only the best for His children; His heart is literally overflowing with goodness toward us.

When we pour out what God has poured in, give away what God has given, and invest in others what God has invested in us- we stay spiritually healthy and leave room for more.

‘…if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday. The Lord will guide you always; He will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail.’ –Isaiah 58 v 10-11


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