You must crave pure spiritual milk so that you can grow into the fullness of your salvation. (1 Peter 2:2 )
Michel Lotito has a strange and unhealthy appetite. For some reason he likes to eat metal. I’ve watched him do it on television, and it’s an unusual sight, to say the least. In the past thirty-five years or so, Lotito has eaten over a dozen bicycles, seven shopping carts, a metal coffin, a cash register, a washing machine, a television, and hundreds of feet of chain.
He still remembers the first time he ate a bicycle. “I started with the metal and moved on to the tires,” he recalls. “It was really difficult to stay that extra day to finish off the rubber. Metal’s tasteless, but rubber is horrible.” Since then it’s gotten easier for him.
None of that compares, however, to Lotito’s biggest meal. He ate a Cessna airplane. That’s right, Michel ate an entire plane. Over twenty-five hundred pounds of aluminum, steel, vinyl, Plexiglas, and rubber. It took him several years to get it all down, since he could only eat about two pounds a day, but he finished the whole thing. Doctors have warned Lotito about the harm he’s doing to his digestive system, but he refuses to stop. Imagine what the inside of his stomach must look like!
You’d see much the same thing if you looked inside the hearts of a lot of people. Twisted metal of sin, steel of anger and vengeance, vinyl sheets of lust and envy, rubber wheels of greed and regret. What you’d see in a person’s heart are the things that he has put into it. John warns us, “Stop loving this evil world and all that it offers you, for when you love the world, you show that you do not have the love of the Father in you. For the world offers only the lust for physical pleasure, the lust for everything we see, and pride in our possessions. These are not from the Father. They are from this evil world” (1 John 2:15-17 ).
If you want to have a healthy and innocent heart before God, you begin by watching what you digest. You develop an appetite for wholesome spiritual food. “You must crave pure spiritual milk,” says Peter, “so that you can grow into the fullness of your salvation. Cry out for this nourishment as a baby cries for milk, now that you have had a taste of the Lord’s kindness” (1 Peter 2:2-3 ). What goes into our heart stays in our heart. And it directly affects the health of our soul.
1 Peter 2:2-3 ; Hebrews 5:12-13
What type of spiritual appetite do you have? What is the best way to keep your soul healthy and your diet wholesome?