This year, our youth group’s camp theme is The Biggest Loser. We are going to be focusing on losing the extra weight that drags us down, changing our eating and exercising habits, and overall becoming healthy Christians. Of course – this is all from a spiritual perspective. As Christians, we have become spiritually overweight. We come into church on Sundays, and the pews creak and groan from the spiritual weight we are forcing them to endure. The body of Christ’s arteries are clogged, restricting the blood flow to vital parts. We need to go on a spiritual diet.
Any diet worth its weight (no pun intended) must have a few things
- Must be medically sound
- Can’t be a fad diet or quick fix – must be about a change of lifestyle
- Must have a good support system
Our spiritual diet is all these things – it is
- Biblically sound
- Isn’t about just getting rid of sin, but transforming our lives
- Has a great support system…The Father, The Son, and the Holy Spirit. You can’t ask for better trainers!
Anyone beginning a diet who wants success must not just have the desire to lose weight, but have the dislike for who they are now, and are willing to take the necessary steps to transform their bodies and their minds. Spiritually, we have to recognize that we are sinners, that we want to change, and that change can only come by placing our trust and our faith in Jesus Christ. After all, the Biggest Losers in our spiritual weight loss program are those who accept Christ into their hearts.
“Then Jesus said to his disciples, ‘If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will find it.’” (Matthew 16:24-25, New International Version)
Over the next few weeks I will be posting the steps in our spiritual weight loss program. It includes physical and spiritual weight loss parallels, so you might shed some physical weight as well. But I encourage you to join in, post comments about your journey, and encourage others along the way!