It sounds like a gimmick, but it is true. Research shows a direct correlation between heartily consuming a particular food & losing a specific type of excess weight. Indeed, when discussing this food & the resulting weight loss, it can be said, “Lose weight by eating more.”
What is this food? “…Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God” (Matthew 4:4). The sustenance man needs most is not found on a restaurant menu or on the health-food aisle of the local grocery store; it is found on the pages of God’s inspired Word. Peter exhorted Christians to crave nourishment from God’s Word like babes seeking milk: “As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the Word, that ye may grow thereby” (1 Peter 2:2).
How does God’s Word help the Christian to lose weight? While a steady diet of God’s Word causes a person to be more conscious of taking care of his body, it must be admitted that Bible study does not guarantee or promise physical weight loss (otherwise more preachers would be thin). However, other types of excess weight are far more threatening than extra inches on the waistline. The writer of Hebrews spoke of two such burdens as he exhorted Christians to patient endurance: “Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us” (Hebrews 12:1). The writer of Hebrews mentions “every weight” & “the sin which doth so easily beset us.” These deadly weights are curtailed by an appetite for instruction from God’s Word.
The first “weight” mentioned by the writer of Hebrews refers to the burdens of this life, some of which would include physical ailments, financial obstacles, or family crises. Feasting upon God’s Word teaches the Christian, “Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ” (Galatians 6:2). Not only do Christians share their burdens with each other, but they can also take them to God: “Casting all your care upon Him, for He careth for you” (1 Peter 5:7). The load becomes much lighter when there are others there to help carry it.
The second burden mentioned in the text is “the sin which doth so easily beset us” (Hebrews 12:1). As Ezekiel wrote, “The soul that sinneth, it shall die. The son shall not bear the iniquity of the father, neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son: the righteousness of the righteous shall be upon him, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon him” (Ezekiel 18:20). Sin leaves a burden that must be borne. God’s Word teaches how to live in righteousness rather than sin (2 Timothy 3:16). God’s Word teaches Who has borne the weight of sin: “So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many…” (Hebrews 9:28).
Eat more & lose weight. Feast upon God’s Word & learn how to overcome the daily burdens of this life. Feast upon God’s Word & learn how to overcome and remain triumphant over sin.
Are you hungry? Are you ready to eat?