Sometimes we dumb down God’s word when we evangelize. But I submit to you that the spiritually malnourished need real food. They need to be fed the truth of God’s word. But how can we feed them if we ourselves have not gone to Him for our daily bread? How can I offer food that I myself have not tasted in a long time?
The world is in a crisis but this should not make the church afraid. This is our time to let our lights shine, this is the time to invite the broken to come and feast on the Lord, the only one that is able to bring peace in the midst of chaos. This is our time to put love on display.
Let us resist the temptation to water down the truth of God’s word with preservatives to keep our churches filled with malnourished souls. Jesus has never been caught up in numbers. He has always been about quality…life more abundantly. Abundant life can only be achieved when we receive all that Jesus has to offer (the blessings, the correction, the humility and the suffering). It is a package deal with an eternal yield.
I am all for dancing and praising God in service, but we must be careful that our church doesn’t become a full-fledged FLESH production. The preacher saying things to satisfy the itching ears, having everyone whooping and hollering over false promises…filling them up for the moment but leaving them empty and spiritually sick after the “sweet high” has rubbed off and they are left with the reality that they are still hungry.
Today’s “updated gospel” seem to have a lot of artificial sweeteners; things that Jesus simply did not promise. Because truth is when the people don’t get all the new cars and big houses that the preacher promised, and when their sin is not challenged the souls are left with spiritual decay. Take away the artificial fillers and stop making them promises that are not in His word. No, not every believer will have a mansion and a fancy car. The Christian walk is not about how much we can accumulate now on this earth. True love is not about embracing every sin. Forgiveness is not an option. True believers aren’t always on mute in an effort to demonstrate the “love of Christ.” And no you are not insulated from trouble just because you serve Jesus.
Simply put, the malnourished need to be fed JESUS.
Eating His flesh and drinking His blood, that which brings true nourishment
Come and taste and see that the Lord is good!
Come and feast on His word.
He is the only one that satisfies!
Isaiah 55:1-2 (NLT)
“Is anyone thirsty?
Come and drink—
even if you have no money!
Come, take your choice of wine or milk—it’s all free!
2 Why spend your money on food that does not give you strength?
Why pay for food that does you no good?
Listen to me, and you will eat what is good.
You will enjoy the finest food.