Let’s imagine for a moment that everything you like to read, watch, listen to, or share photos on, is food.
So what’s your diet made up of then? Do you consume a lot of fantasy books? Maybe Youtube is your main source of energy. Perhaps you love comedy shows or can’t get enough pop music.
Effects of a worldly diet
All this entertainment is nice, but have you considered how much you’re eating? Too much of anything isn’t good, but especially if it’s junk. You may start to become like the drama queens in your favourite show. Maybe you’ll be desensitised to violence from your game, or you could become sceptical because of some angsty music.
Whether you like it or not, you’ll become like the media you consume, and that’s because it was created by the world.
‘Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. ‘
Romans 12:2 (ESV)
Paul’s being real about the danger of conforming to the world, including everything the world has produced, both on paper and on-screen. If we’re to be transformed in our minds, God needs to be our main influence.
Think of the Bible as macros
Macronutrients are the foods you need most of, like carbs, proteins and fats. And so our spiritual macros should be the Bible. When Jesus was tempted to eat in the wilderness, he fought Satan with scripture, “It is written: Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God” (Matthew 4:4, Deut 8:3).
So we see how important the Word is for our spirit. David shows this as he describes the scriptures in one of my favourite psalms,
“The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul;
the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple;
the precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart;
the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes;
the fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever;
the rules of the Lord are true, and righteous altogether.”
Psalms 19:7-9 (ESV)
How to get our micros
Our micronutrients, like spiritual vitamins and minerals, can still be focused on God. We can start with Church (it’s probably a macro too, but that’s for another time). Take notes on sermons or listen to podcasts. Find some Christian music and books, try some non-fiction for a change. There are plenty of Christian Youtubers out there who deserve your subscription too.
There are many ways to feed your mind in a God-focused way. Of course, enjoy your other entertainment, but prioritise the Bible overall. I find the more I did this, the less I wanted worldly entertainment anyway. I explain this in my post What Happens When You Delight in the Lord.
If you want to find out more sources of spiritual “micros”, subscribe to my email list (in the sidebar) for monthly recommendations on what I’m watching and reading. And in the meantime, get stuck into your Bible!