There was once a man who bought some cattle feed and mixed it with his sheep feed. Not a lot, just a very little bit. Then the next day he gave them a little more cattle feed and a little less sheep feed. He continued to do this, increasing the amount of cattle feed and decreasing the amount of sheep feed, for about a month. Eventually he was giving them nothing but cattle feed and so one day he went to feed them and saw that they were all sick and dying, so he looked at what the cattle feed was made of. It was little more then cut up cornstalks and sawdust. He was feeding the sheep a little bit of sawdust here and there and little by little he fed them more and more sawdust until they perished. They starved to death with a full stomach not even realizing they needed nourishment.
This is the same thing that happens to Christians, they replace their spiritual nourishment with things of little to no value, receiving less and less spiritual food until they eventually starve and die spiritually. They might start missing church here and there saying, “it’s just one time, it will not matter”. You might stop reading your Bible and stop listening to Christian music. Then you start to replace it with the things of the world, your old friends, and your old ways. You fill your life and time with distractions, entertainment, and things of little value until your plate is so full that there is no room left for God, time in His Word, prayer, church, communion with Him, obedience to His gentle leadings, and so on. Little by little the sawdust of sin destroys your spiritual life, replacing it with worthless fillers that rob you of your spiritual health and cause you to starve spiritually without even realizing it.
Christians don’t typically fall from god fast, it happens little by little. We have to watch for this in ourselves and in others. Be diligent that the fire of God not burnout in us or those around us. Feed your spirit by going to church, reading God’s Word, and spending time with Him. Be mindful of valueless distractions, action, and associations less you starve yourself with a full plate.
“Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread? and your labour for that which satisfieth not? hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness. Incline your ear, and come unto me: hear, and your soul shall live; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you, even the sure mercies of David.” – Isaiah 55:2-3
“And I will give you pastors according to mine heart, which shall feed you with knowledge and understanding.” Jeremiah 3:15
Submitted by @ Malachi Mayeux