Nancy and I called first to let the owners know we would be stopping by. We had heard they had a Brittany Spaniel that needed a home. When we entered their house to say “hi” to Gus, we couldn’t believe how skinny he was. He was built more like a greyhound than a birddog. When we took him for a walk around the block, we noticed his hip bones and his ribs. When we took him home with us, his owners gave us a partial bag of the food they had been feeding him. The food was extremely expensive.
Gus finished the bag then never tasted that variety again. He had no problem transitioning to a more reasonably priced source of nourishment. We consistently fed him large portions which he consumed willingly. Within a few months we noticed that his hip bones and ribs disappeared. He was not genetically predisposed toward leanness. Gus had become malnourished on high-dollar food because he wasn’t fed an adequate amount.
The same thing happens to some Christians. They prefer “meaty” teaching to the point that they rarely consume the rations made available by God to keep them healthy. They opt for high profiled podcasts instead of local preachers. They bypass daily Bible reading because they more than make up for it when they read the latest book by a best-selling Christian author. They skip church but attend occasional conferences and major events.
One ribeye steak each week may taste really good but will not keep flesh on your bones. You have to eat foods that may not be so impressive. Leftovers provide nourishment each time they are served. We have to eat something in order to remain healthy. Peanut butter may not be served in fine restaurants, but it does satisfy hunger.
Spiritually, there are cumulative effects to reading the Bible, listening to sermons, and participating in small groups. Spiritual health requires consistent intake of spiritual food, whether it is considered “meaty” or not. A full belly of simple truth is healthier than an empty belly of super truth.
“All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.”
II Timothy 3:16-17,
- LifeGroup Attendance on August 18 – 792
- Observance of The Lord’s Supper – August 25 – 9:00 a.m. & 10:30 a.m.
- Membership Matters Class – August 25 at 10:30 a.m. in the Parlor
- GriefShare – August 25 at 4:30 p.m. in the Parlor
- Crowder Lake Baptism – August 25 – 6:00 p.m.