James 5:5, NIV: You have lived on earth in luxury and self-indulgence. You have fattened yourselves in the day of slaughter.

My dieting is somewhat intermittent…and it shows. For some reason, I am perplexed by that, and I should not be. Within the span of a week, I may have a few good days wherein I stick to my diet, but those days are often mixed together with a few bad days. The trouble with such a diet is that it does not work, and it is reflected in a person’s poor physical fitness. The same can be said of our spiritual fitness. We can go to church once a week, or maybe read our Bibles a couple times a week, but miss out on the good shape we could be in because the rest of the week is cluttered by things that are not good for our spiritual condition. Either way you look at it, self-indulgence is something that gratifies now, but fails to truly satisfy ever. Indulging our wants will leave us, in some cases, overweight; in other cases, spiritually weak; and most assuredly, always wanting.