Day 18: Protein
Bodybuilding is definitely an art. Although lifting weights is a major player in this sport, food intake is just as important. I remember when I first started lifting, I had no idea what a macronutrient was. Other weightlifters would discuss their “macros,” and I knew there was a major element of bodybuilding that I was missing. There are three main macronutrients (macros): proteins, carbohydrates and fats. We must feed our bodies all three macros in specific portions in order to gain mass. Then the macro portions must be adjusted several weeks before competition in order to maintain muscle while also shedding fat. It’s a precise science that every bodybuilder will want to learn.
I like to compare each macronutrient for the body to a macronutrient for the spirit. We all want to grow spiritually, but many times we are not feeding our souls the right macronutrients in order to mature and grow. The first macronutrient that is required in bodybuilding is protein. Protein has amino acids, which are the building blocks of the body. Without protein, a bodybuilder cannot grow. I like to compare protein to the Bible and other biblical resources, like devotionals, sermons, Christian books and music, etc. Many Christians want to grow spiritually, but they are not consuming Scripture. God allows each of us to be broken in this life, so we can grow in our faith. But if we are not reading His Word and resources inspired with His Word every day; instead of becoming better, we will become bitter. We must feed our souls portions of God’s protein constantly, especially when we are going through a particularly difficult season.
The Bible is not just a chronicle of historical events. The Bible is “alive and powerful,” and the Holy Spirit will use God’s Word to speak to us personally. God can take spiritual truths from the Bible and apply them directly to our needs and situations. God wants to reveal more of Himself to us, and He will unveil mysteries to us that let us know that He is involved in all aspects of our lives. He wants to pour it His revelation into our hearts, minds and spirits, so our faith in His promises will stand firm. It may take time to learn, but we can start consistently reading God’s Word and begin receiving His revelations today.
“For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires” (Hebrews 4.12 NLT).
Father, guide me in exploring and studying Your Word. I want to grow stronger in my faith, not weaker. And I know that I must read the Bible daily, so I can have enough “protein” to mature in Christ. I understand that the Bible can be confusing at times, and it will take discipline to continue reading it faithfully, but I am willing to learn. You will guide me in all truth, and I believe You have mysteries and revelations to show me. There is so much about You, Lord, that I want to know. More specifically, though, I simply want to know You more intimately. Help me to learn. I pray this in Jesus’ name, amen.
- How often do you read the Bible?
- How can you fit reading God’s Word into Your schedule?
- What revelation do you feel God wants to reveal to you today?
Consume God’s Protein!