Recently, my children had some snacks. They were in the sitting room, so I told them; “Take your food to the dining. Don’t eat here.” The response of the younger one ministered to me; “Daddy, it is not food. It is junks.” I probed further to know if really she knows what junks are. Her response inspired me. But I learnt a lesson.

Friend, stop eating junks. Sadly, many believers do not know the difference between food and junk (Hebrews 5:11-14). You can keep feeding on junks, thinking that you are fine. It is time that reveals what you have been feeding on. Truly, you are what you eat. Knowing how to differentiate between real spiritual food and junk is a major lesson on spiritual growth and maturity.

You need real spiritual meals, not junks, if you hope to grow healthily and steadily (John 6:27, Hebrews 13:9). Due to their high calorie content from sugar and/or fat, junks are always sweet to the taste and exciting to your feeling. They are also easily accessible. But they lack nutritional value and pose great danger to health if not checked. Sometimes, what would make you grow won’t be sweet (John 6:60). It may not excite you. It may not be readily available. But it is what you need.

Nobody grows healthy by feeding on spiritual junks (1 Corinthians 3:1-3). You cannot continue to snack in and out and wonder why you are not growing. You cannot continue to listen to messages that only make you feel good but lack real spiritual substance and hope to fulfil destiny. Your taste is a reflection of your state.

God must help your taste this year. Most times, the kind of food that began your Christian journey cannot take you far. Notice how Apostle Peter tells us to desire the sincere milk of the word so that we may grow thereby (1 Peter 2:2). He did not tell us to stay on milk. He told us to maximize milk as babies so we can grow beyond it (Hebrews 5:11-14). If a newborn keeps feeding on only milk beyond 6 months or 1 year, he would stop growing properly. Milk is for a season.

Unfortunately, there are junks being served here and there. They litter the social media spaces, and sadly, some church pulpits, too. You need to be discerning enough to choose what is healthy for your destiny (Daniel 1:8). You need to train yourself to endure sound biblical teachings even if they don’t sooth you (John 6:51-69). If you want to know how you are growing, check what you feed on. Stop eating junks. Did you hear?

‘Demola Awoyele
Lead Pastor,
Destiny Impact Church
Akure, Nigeria