"But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that procedeth out of the mouth of God." Matthew 4:4
This verse really got me thinking of the similarities between our need for regular food and spiritual food. What does food do for us?
*makes us feel good
*fills that empty knawing feeling
*gives us energy/keeps us going strong
Notice any similarities?? Gods Word does all these things for us. We are living in a world of an overwhelming majority of the walking spiritually dead. Who in there right mind would only eat once a week on Sunday??? We would starve to death. Think of all the time we spend thinking of food, eating food, preparing food, planning out our meals etc... if we just gave the Word half the time we spend on food, we would see such a HUGE change in our daily lives.
"As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby." 1 Peter 2:2
This verse got me thinking of my two good friends Alicia and Natasha. They are currently nursing there two little baby girls. I can't imagine either one of them deciding to only nurse once a day or once a week!!! Food is AS IMPORTANT as our Spiritual food, the Word, is! Once we start to renew our mind to think the Word of truth on this, we will start to see a spiritual revolution!!
While going through this second chapter this week, I was reminded of something that happened awhile back. Over 4 years ago, God woke me up one night. He has done this to me on many occasions. Often it's to read the word, but this time it was to write a story:) It was a very convicting story, but an important reminder. I typed it out and thought I would share it with you today, I pray that it is a blessing to your walk with Christ, as it has been to mine.
Jesus is in your living room when you woke up this morning. You get out of bed and get dressed for the day. You get breakfast going for you, your hubby, and the kids. You get bag lunches ready to take to school, and a lunch for your husband to take to work. All the while Jesus is waiting patiently in the living room.
You hug and kiss all of them goodbye and wave as the bus drives away. Now it’s time for some chores. You get a load put in the laundry and the floor vacuumed (Jesus lifts up his feet and continues to wait). You get a load going in the dishwasher, switch the load to the dryer and tidy up the living room. (Jesus moves to the rocking chair while you fix the couch pillows). Now the baby needs a snack and so do you. You nibble a little on some crackers off the high chair. Then you scrub the floor, wipe down the counter and take out the trash. After you make lunch for the baby, put her down for her nap and make yourself lunch, you turn on the TV for some veg. time. (Jesus continues to sit there patiently). After some TV you run some arrons for awhile, come home and take a quick nap. (Jesus peeks his head around the corner to see you snoozing on the bed).
Wake up comes just in time to get the kids home from school ready for soccer and gymnastics. You quickly drive off! (Jesus waves).
You race home in time to get dinner ready while helping with homework and trying to put the clean dishes away. Hubby’s home and everyone sit’s down to eat. Everyone turn’s there heads to the front room and says, "Thank you God for our food!"
After dinner everyone splits off into there own world. Dad to his home office, you go to your room to watch your shows, kids go to the living room to watch a movie (Jesus sits and watches them waiting). Kiss the kids goodnight, kiss the hubby goodnight and your out!
A quiet yet constant creaking sound can be heard coming from the living room.....
Now, who in there right mind would wake up, see Jesus sitting in there from room, and completely ignore Him all day???
Sadly, every one of us at some point is guilty of that very thing. We have constant access to the creator of the heavens and the earth, yet our days can be filled with everything but Him.
When we neglect to be in the Word (Jesus is the Word) we spend the day ignoring Jesus Christ.
When we let our bibles lay there and collect dust, while the worries of the world get all of our attention, we are telling God, bluntly to His face, that we don’t love Him. This may sound harsh, but put yourself in Christ’s place. Imagine the scenario you just read, but now it’s your grown up child’s home. Would you feel loved if your daughter spent the whole day purposefully ignoring you??
God desires more then anything else to have a relationship with his children. The least we, as his creation, could do, is spend time with our creator. If it weren’t for Him, we wouldn’t even exist.
By God, through Me.( this quote from Miss. Barnhill really fits with here)
"Whenever you come to Him, God will be there."
Julie Ann Barnhill
HE LOVES YOU, HE DIED FOR YOU, HE WANTS A RELATIONSHIP WITH YOU!