The Genesis accounts of creation tell us God looks upon his creation and says, “It is good.” We humans have the tendency to take finding pleasure in good things to the extreme. When healthy consumption goes to excess and becomes selfishly gluttonous, things that are good often become destructive. The people of Ephesus were confused and disillusioned by the behavior and excess in the secular culture around them. Some were reverting back to old habits and consuming the empty calories of sin. They were no longer basing their lives on sound teaching and nourishing truths of the gospel. Their lives were a mess, and some were even giving up on their faith. Timothy was called to teach sound truth, which, like nourishing food, leads to a healthy body. So too, our world today needs solid words of truth spoken in context and delivered with grace and love. You can become a ‘soul dietician,’ first by studying and consuming the Word of God, and then by modeling this and encouraging others to adopt a new spiritual meal plan of healthy calories rich in the nutrients of God’s Word and love.
1 Timothy 4:6-10
If you point these things out to the brothers and sisters, you will be a good minister of Christ Jesus, nourished on the truths of the faith and of the good teaching that you have followed. Have nothing to do with godless myths and old wives’ tales; rather, train yourself to be godly. For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come. This is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance.That is why we labor and strive, because we have put our hope in the living God, who is the Savior of all people, and especially of those who believe.