The activity at my bird feeder in the front yard was way down. I was keeping it stocked with a quality seed mix, but the birds just weren’t coming. For the life of me, I couldn’t figure it out – until I went into the back yard.
There, I discovered a slew of birds feasting on fresh fruit – peaches on the tree, and wild strawberries on the ground. When given the choice between fresh fruit or prepackaged, processed seeds, they chose fresh.
I think those birds have a lesson for us. How often do we as believers feed ourselves only on the prepackaged messages that others process for us? Specifically, how many weeks go by when the ONLY spiritual meal we’ve taken in is the sermon planned, processed, and packaged by the pastor? Don’t get me wrong – that’s a VITAL meal to have each week. The prepared pastor has spent hours mining the Scriptures, pulling out the nuggets of gold for us. But that is not the ONLY meal we’re to have each week.
Between the messages that others prepare for us, we need to be dining within the pages of Scripture ourselves each and every day. We don’t need degrees in theology, or years of experience teaching or preaching in order to understand God’s Word. God’s Spirit will make it clear and meaningful to us – IF we’ll open its pages and eat a fresh snack of it each day!
Give it some thought. Are most of your spiritual meals prepared by someone else? Or do you prepare some yourself? Both are good, but fresh is best! –Dave
Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth. (2 Timothy 2:15)
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