Mark 8:3 No Spiritual Value

Mark 8:3 (KJV)
And if I send them away fasting to their own houses, they will faint by the way: for divers of them came from far.

Jesus uses the word fasting to describe what would only have been not eating for lack of food. In this case there would have been absolutely no spiritual value attached to the act and none expected of the people. It just was what it was – hunger because they could be nothing else. They wouldn’t eat because there was nothing to eat. 

I see people doing all sorts of acts normally associated with spiritual endeavors:

  • Church attendance
  • Prayer
  • Singing of hymns
  • Etc

But, because of the condition of their heart there is no spiritual value attached to these acts, and none expected. 

Years ago, I read a book on prayer from a well-known Christian author. He claimed that the value of prayer was not that it is communication with Almighty God but that it disciplined the mind to remain calm and focused for certain periods of time. 

He expected no benefit from heaven by prayer. I am sure in his case heaven attached no spiritual value to his prayer. 

Christian practice is more than religious action. It is worship from a heart that is connected to the God of heaven. It does expect a spiritual benefit from the act. And God, I am sure, applies a value to it. 

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Author: marvinmck

Marvin McKenzie was born in the Pacific Northwest and became a Christian at the age of eighteen. He has been in the Baptist ministry for thirty years and has planted and pastored churches in Washington and Oregon. Besides his pastoral ministry, Marvin has been actively involved in training men for the Baptist ministry. He has conducted local church Bible Institutes in those churches he has pastored, from which a number of men have entered the ministry. Marvin also served as: Vice President of the Western States Baptist Bible Fellowship, The Board of Directors of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA, Dean of men at Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, Executive Vice President of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA and Executive Vice President of Heartland Baptist Bible College in Oklahoma City, OK. Marvin is married to Anita. They have two sons, Bohannan and Caleb. Both are Baptist pastors in Washington State. Marvin enjoys camping, fishing and horses.

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