We are what we eat!
Or Maybe we should say “we are what we see and hear”. We eat food and the things we eat combined with the amount of exercise that we get often does determine what kind of shape we are in. So it also is with the spiritual part of ourselves. If you look at yourself and aren’t noticing any change or maybe it is that you are depressed all the time. Maybe you have sin in your life that is reoccurring sin that you can’t shake. Can I just suggest that it could be the result of what you are feeding your spirit. Which by the way is the eternal part of us, the physical part of us is just an apartment. We are renting it for a time but our spirit is who we are forever.
Listening to music that has a message other than that which is a positive message or watching TV (movies) with less than a positive message can really play a big part of who we become. In Philippians 4:8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. This tells us to fill our minds with good things.
We fill our minds with trash watching things we shouldn’t, listening to music that has a depressing message. If you ever really taken time to look into what music and tv are saying? In a lot of cases the writer is expressing the fact they are missing something. The world is looking for what we have, who we have been found by (God). Yet we find ourselves listening to their perverted way of getting their fix without having to come to the repairman. We have been to the repairman and should be fixed on things that lift up and edify us. Don’t get me wrong I don’t think you would have to give it all up, but if it has a negative effect on you that should be incentive enough to cut it out all the way.
1 Corinthians 6:19-20 Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body. Basically what we do we drag the Holy Spirit of God into making Him party to what we do. Ephesians 4:30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. How it must grieve God to have a front row seat to the things we say and do.
Those of us who may think we can handle listening or watching what is not good must take into consideration those who are around us seeing and hearing the same thing, who may not be able to handle it, mainly our children, but also those who are weaker in the faith. We are accountable for our actions and the example we are setting for those around us. Romans 14: 20-22 Do not, for the sake of food, destroy the work of God. Everything is indeed clean, but it is wrong for anyone to make another stumble by what he eats. It is good not to eat meat or drink wine or do anything that causes your brother to stumble. The faith that you have, keep between yourself and God. Blessed is the one who has no reason to pass judgment on himself for what he approves. Food is the example Paul is using because that is what they were dealing with, but our topic fits perfectly into this context.
Some times for the sake of Christ we must sacrifice ourselves for the greater good of the body of Christ. Romans 12:1-2 I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. 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.
After all it is all about Christ and what He has done in us. When we watch or listen to these sorts of things, we ruin the testimony of the story God is writing in us for others to read. That makes it harder for us to live out Matthew 28:18-20 And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” After all that is why we are here. Remember YOU ARE LOVED!!!