“But Jesus answered and said, ‘It is written, 'MAN SHALL NOT LIVE ON BREAD ALONE, BUT ON EVERY WORD THAT PROCEEDS OUT OF THE MOUTH OF GOD.'" Matthew 4:4
As a Christian, I am fed through God’s Word, the Bible. I can read it, listen to it, or discuss it; however, I cannot function well without a regular dose of God’s message. Many times, I survive malnourishment due to God’s mercy.
Can we overindulge on the word of God? The Bible teaches us to hear AND do His word. If we eloquently recite Scripture or tackle any argument blasting others with God’s word, yes – we know it. But, are we really living it?
God convicted me recently about another phenomenon. We may ingest a healthy portion of His word and we may find balance in hearing and doing, but what about when we decide to be “picky eaters?” Far too often, we pick and choose which parts of Scripture we want to incorporate into our lives.
For example, we understand the importance of scriptural nutrition, but we want fast food – tell it to me quickly, please.
While God’s word teaches He created everything, we translate that into, “only if you choose to believe it.”
God says “One man; one woman,” and we declare the word is archaic. God couldn’t possibly understand human physiology or emotional make up. That’s just not possible.
The prophet Joel and disciple Peter taught that when one “receives the Holy Spirit, men and women will prophesy” making the curse in the Garden of Eden null and void. We say, “Sorry, Joel and Peter. Sorry, Holy Spirit. Paul trumps you when he wouldn’t allow women to teach in a certain church. We prefer Paul’s solution for one church and want to incorporate it into all churches.”
The Bible says to worship Him in “spirit and in truth.” We’d prefer to be Sunday Christians by being on our best behavior one day a week and living like we want the rest of the time.
We are taught to “let the older teach the younger.” However, we really do not think anyone over 45 has much to say anymore since they are so out of touch so we want to fill our church staffs with young people.
“Study to show thyself approved?” No, thank You. We want to hire a preacher that has a doctorate degree so he can tell us what You have to say and then we can tell others what our preacher has to say and so on and so on and so on….
One Spirit? Absolutely not! America is God’s favorite and don’t be telling us He loves others outside of our borders!
“Do unto others…” Seriously! Who has time?
“Go and tell?” Say what? We’d prefer to just let people figure life out on their own. That way, we don’t make anyone mad and we aren’t seen as weird or extreme.
“Come unto Me all you who are weary and have heavy burdens?” Sorry. Drugs and alcohol are much quicker.
So many of us have put ourselves on a deliberate diet of Scripture and we wonder why Christianity is struggling? Hmmmm….Put some meat on those bones, people!