Sin is junk food for the soul
I have never developed a taste for spinach juice or alfalfa sprouts. There is nothing wrong with them; I just don’t crave them. This is true for many other health food items. They are not my first choice for a snack. However, offer me some junk food and that’s a different story.
Ever wonder why the foods that cause bad health taste better than those that make us healthy? Maintaining a healthy lifestyle would be so much easier if health food tasted like ice cream or pizza.
I think this is the same for righteousness. Jesus taught us "Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled." Righteousness must taste like health food to our souls, as we tend not to develop a natural appetite for it. Instead, we like the unrighteous stuff; tasty, but bad for the soul. Righteous living can seem so bland. So why desire it?
The answer is found in our satisfaction. Junk food leaves us craving more, causing us to over-indulge. Did you ever eat one M & M? On the other hand, have you ever come across anyone who could not stop eating bean sprouts? Usually one serving of these and a person is good to go.
Like junk food, sin leaves us unsatisfied, always wanting more. But righteousness satisfies because it fills our soul.
Hungering for what satisfies is far more fulfilling than longing for what leaves us empty. As Jesus taught, hunger for righteousness and your soul will be satisfied.
Pastor Mark Holmes is an ordained minister in the Wesleyan Church and has served the Darrow Road Wesleyan Church since 1997.