Saturday, January 14th, 2017
Do-Gooders (Part 60)
Chew On God's Word
Why do you spend money for what is not bread, and your wages for what does not satisfy? Listen carefully to Me, and eat what is good, and delight yourself in abundance.
Isaiah 55:2 (NASB)
Your Words were found and I ate them, and Your Words became for me a joy and the delight of my heart; For I have been called by Your Name, O Lord God of hosts.
Jeremiah 15:16 (NASB)
He said to me, 'Son of man, feed your stomach and fill your body with this Scroll Which I am giving you.' Then I ate It, and It was sweet as honey in my mouth.
Ezekiel 3:3 (NASB)
Jesus said to them, 'I am the Bread of life; he who comes to Me will not hunger, and he who believes in Me will never thirst.'
John 6:35 (NASB)
For My Flesh is true Food, and My Blood is true Drink.
John 6:55 (NASB)
In fact, though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the elementary truths of God's Word all over again. You need milk, not solid food! Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness. But solid Food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil.
Hebrews 5:12-14 (NIV)
Babies in Christ are beautiful beings: sweet, shiny, eager, truthful and trusting. Their joyful attitudes bring happiness to families and church congregations. They love every drop of the Lord's good Milk: His kind, gentle and compassionate Words. But they haven't grown the molars, muscles, height, depth or strength to chew the harder Bites. They're not yet equipped to fight the good fight.
I'm concerned our American churches are largely filled with two kinds of Christians:
1) Baby believers lolling in strollers. Because two hours of weekly feeding time isn't enough to grow up properly. Some pastors don't want their congregations to leave the churchyard and travel abroad.
2) Cultural Christians sitting in pews. Since the U.S. is a Christian nation, wearing the title is fashionable. But Jesus can't be reduced to a tag in a P.C. Christian designer suit.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: AMTC's most fervent prayer isn't your success in Hollywood (although we pray for your promotion). It's your growth into action heroes, where you're strong enough to lift the weak, bold enough to inspire the timid, hot enough to ignite the tepid, humble enough to rise by His Hand, wise enough to stay in the Bible, savvy enough to discern evil, mature enough to cast out demons, daring enough to walk out your faith, prepared enough to stand before kings, bright enough to light up dark stages, and light enough to rise to great heights.
Growing up in Christ requires chewing diligently on His harder Words, swallowing Them with Living Water, and becoming all that God intends.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Do-Gooders series.