All-you-can-eat meals and buffets are popular here. There are pizza buffets, all-you-can-eat fish fry’s, “Chinese” buffets (complete with self-serve ice cream machines). If you have ever been to one of these, you know how you feel when you leave: like doing nothing.
There’s another way to eat more and do less. It has nothing to do with physical food and is the #1 way to be successful in living out your workplace calling to the glory of God.
It’s the Bible. God’s Word. The Holy Scripture.
It’s feeding on the Word of Life.
God’s word was created by God, through the Holy Spirit as He moved men to write. It was created for us. God knew we would need something to guide us; a channel to communicate His heart with us; a tool for our growth. He chose His word to do all of those things.
Jesus said, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but my every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.”
God intended for us to feast upon His word. Reading God’s word is food for your soul.
Too many believers eat once a week as they are spoon fed from a pulpit and wonder why they don’t feel close to God. Or why they don’t know how to deal with daily issues in their life. Or why they can’t seem to find God’s will for their lives.
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Think about it. Your body gets hungry every 5 hours or so. It needs constant fuel in order to operate as it was intended to. The same is true for our souls. In order for your spirit and soul to operate efficiently you need to feed it daily, not just once a week.
If you are relying on a Pastor to feed you, you are missing the point. God wants full custody of your life, not just weekend visits.
Start simply. Get up 15 minutes early everyday and read God’s word. Pick a chapter, or start by reading one chapter of Proverbs every day. God has conveniently had this broken up into 31 chapters. I don’t think that was a coincidence.
Proverbs contains wisdom that can help you navigate your workplace, your relationships, your money, your time, you name it, it’s in there.
Just start somewhere. Don’t try to tackle Leviticus on your first day. That is some very rich food to start out on. Pick one of the gospels to read through to get reacquainted with who Jesus is and what He said.
Just start, and do it daily. Feed yourself instead of waiting for someone else to do it for you. You will grow spiritually like you never have before. I guarantee it!
Over time you will find yourself getting up a little earlier to spend more time in the Word, or adding in additional time to study or read God’s word, or even listen to it during your commute. What started as 15 minutes is now an hour for me and includes reading through the whole bible every year as well as journaling and other study resources. I don’t miss that hour of sleep.
Just start with 15 minutes and go from there.
God’s word is transformational, so you will be transformed if you read it.
EAT REAL FOOD
Devotional books and Christian non-fiction are great, but they are no substitute for the real word. Have a few devotional books to read in addition to the Bible, but don’t rely on them alone for your daily food.
Just as a twinkie has fewer nutritional benefits than a spinach salad, devotional books don’t have the same benefit as reading God’s word itself.
Once you crack into the word of God and make reading it part of your daily life, you will find that nothing compares to the real thing.
SHARE WHAT YOU EAT
When I have a great meal somewhere, I love to tell others about it. A perfect blini, or an amazing shrimp gumbo is worth talking about to me. The same is true with the spiritual food I eat. I love talking to others about what God is showing me in His word, how it changes my thoughts and my life.
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It’s hard to share about God with others in your workplace when you don’t even know what His word has to say. But when you feed yourself, you will have plenty to share. After all, evangelism is simply one beggar telling another beggar where to find the Bread.
So at this point you are probably asking, “Where’s the ‘do less’ part”? Your title says, “Eat more, do Less”. But right now all I see is a lot of eating, which only gives me one more thing to do.
Here’s the amazing thing about eating up God’s word daily. It changes you.
- Where you once strived to accomplish more, you will begin to rest in God’s power.
- Where you once struggled with your shortcomings, you will find peace in God’s forgiveness.
- Where you once attempted to do it all yourself, you will surrender to God’s strength.
God’s word will begin to transform you into a person who finds joy in the midst of sorrow, calm in the midst of a storm, and victory in the midst of a battle.
THAT is the power of God’s word. By taking the time to feed yourself, God will do in you and through you all of those things you have been trying to accomplish yourself. And you will enjoy watching Him do it.
Will you start this week? Will you start today?
Start to feed yourself and see what happens.
What about you?
How do you feed yourself?
How do you make God’s word a priority in your life?