When you were growing up, how many times did your parents tell you not to ruin your appetite? In our society we have a hard time with our appetites. Many people around the world are starving for food, but in our culture, we often have the opposite problem of overeating and filling ourselves up on junk food. We ruin our appetite with those things and miss out on the nutritious food that will help us be healthy and become stronger.
And if we’re not careful, our appetite for God’s promises will be ruined if we eat junk instead of the real thing.
Proverbs 30:7-9— “O God, I beg two favors from you; let me have them before I die. First, help me never to tell a lie. Second, give me neither poverty nor riches! Give me just enough to satisfy my needs. For if I grow rich, I may deny you and say, ‘Who is the LORD?’ And if I am too poor, I may steal and thus insult God’s holy name.
There’s a difference between hunger, starvation, and overeating; starvation makes you crazy and overeating makes you lazy, but hunger causes us to seek food for our bodies. When our appetites are satisfied with just enough good food, we have the health and energy to do amazing things.
Jesus shows us in the New Testament that what someone is like on the outside doesn’t tell us anything about what they’re like spiritually. They could have a high social status but be spiritually starving, and someone who is living in poverty could have a satisfied appetite in Christ. Many of the poorest people Jesus spoke to were the religious leaders—they were ruining their appetites with religious traditions instead of staying hungry for the promises of God.
As the Church our job isn’t to look at what someone’s social status is, but to focus on their souls. All people need Jesus—it doesn’t matter how much money they have, what their gender or ethnicity is, or if they’re young or old. Our responsibility is to get up and work for the Kingdom so that as many people as possible have the opportunity to meet Jesus and have their appetite satisfied in Him.