Nutritionists say vitamins are essential to good health. Some people take supplements in case they don’t receive enough vitamins from their diet. To maintain optimum spiritual health, here are some “vitamins” you should take:
Vitamin A: Attendance. Early Christians met together often, sometimes every day (Acts 2:46). Later, when some of the brethren stopped attending, God instructed that Christians must not “forsake the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is” (Hebrews 10:25). In the assembly, we are built up (strengthened, 1 Corinthians 14:26); there we are stirred up to “love and good works” (Hebrews 10:24). Often, one of the first signs that a Christian is faltering is that (s)he begins missing church services.
Vitamin B: Bible study. Both personal (private) study and study with other Christians are important for spiritual health and growth. The Bible contains more than enough material for a lifetime of study. You benefit from the study others have done, as well as from your own analysis. “But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 3:18).
Vitamin C: Compassion. Christianity is more than coming to church and reading the Bible. We must also be helping those who are in need. Jesus looked with compassion upon multitudes of lost souls (Matthew 9:36). He not only felt for them, but did what was necessary to help them. Likewise, we are to have “compassion for one another” (1 Peter 3:8).
Vitamin D: Diligence. What is more important than your relationship with God? No wonder Peter warned us to be “diligent to make your calling and election sure” (2 Peter 1:10). God has never been pleased with half-hearted, ho-hum indifference. Spiritual couch potatoes endanger their souls just as a lack of bodily exercise endangers physical health. Let us “be diligent to present [ourselves] approved to God” (2 Timothy 2:15).
Vitamin E: Evangelism. Without vitamins, you may feel weak and sluggish. Without evangelism, both churches and individual Christians become dull and lifeless. What could be more exciting and uplifting than helping precious souls turn from sin to salvation through Jesus Christ?
Be a healthy Christian! Take your vitamins!
— Joe Slater