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Feeding TimePosted Tuesday, February 7, 2017, at 9:35 AM
This article is not about the pot-luck dinner down at the local church this Sunday but rather it is about the need that we all have to be spiritually fed. In First Peter chapter 5 and verse 2 the church elders, also called pastors, are given the responsibility to feed the flock of God which is among you.
Pastors must feed the ones that come. There are many who do not have the desire for spiritual food. I Peter 2:2 says to "desire the sincere milk of the Word. There have been a couple of occasions in my ministry where I was supply preaching in a church where no one came. Some are satisfied to eat "junk food" that only satisfies the taste for the moment but has no lasting effect to produce growth and maturity. Good spiritual food produces growth and lack of spiritual food causes one to grow weak, get sick, and even die.
Pastors must feed the flock with adequate food. According to I Peter 1:23 the Word of God is incorruptible which means pure. It does not contain anything that is not good for you. You can get everything you need to grow strong spiritually. It is also "abideth forever" or permanent and lasts a lifetime The Word also "liveth" which means it is practical and useful in our day to day living.
All of us need to be fed regularly. Most of us have our set meal times and we may snack in between meals but no one wants to miss a meal. Why do we not have a problem missing those times of spiritual feeding? Do we not have spiritual hunger? Where can we be fed? I suggest that the place to start is by attending your local church. I hope that your local church has a pastor that gives you a menu of all the essentials that you need to be strengthened and encouraged to live the Christian life more effectively.
Several years ago I had a friend that had a cattle farm and I agreed to go with him to feed the cows. As we drove through the gate the old bull bellowed out and all the cows started walking toward the barn because they knew they were about to be fed. It is as if the bull was alerting the cows that it is time to eat.
Feed on God's Word and you will find spiritual nourishment and satisfaction.
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Rev. John Henson is pastor of New Harmony Baptist Church, south of Manila