Don’t Mess With The Food
Doc Jensen was a skilled chef with advanced degrees in the culinary arts. He cooked at the King’s College in New York, but the summer that I directed the program for Word of Life Ranch, he was one of our leaders with the most responsibility. Over four hundred children, ages 6-13, came to camp each week, combined with close to two hundred staff members. This meant that Doc was responsible for feeding a small army daily—meals that were healthy, nourishing, and delicious.
When I was twenty-three, a group of elders and the congregation of Midlothian Bible Church ordained me as their pastor, responsible for teaching them God’s Word. In a conversation with His disciples Jesus linked the responsibility of feeding folks physically and spiritually.
“Now Peter asked, ‘Lord, are you giving this parable for us or also for all?’ The Lord said, ‘Who then is the faithful and wise household manager who the lord placed over his servants to give them their daily food allowance? Blessed is that servant who the lord finds doing exactly that. Indeed, I tell you that he will be put in charge of all of his master’s possessions. On the other hand, if the servant says in his heart, ’The lord has delayed his return a long time.’ And he begins to beat the male and female servants, and to eat and drink and get drunk, then in an hour he least expects it, he will be cut to pieces and his portion will be with the unbelieving.” Luke 12:41-46
Teaching about 950 Kenyan bishops, pastors, and lay leaders for the past couple of years combined with all those Mary and I are teaching through Truth Encounter and it’s a lot of responsibility to make sure that we are giving God’s children good meals from His Word. This passage warns us that we can’t be like the rich farmer we talked about in our devo a few days ago who decided, after an abundant harvest, to live the rest of his life for himself.
LORD, help me not to live my days seeking selfish pleasure. In Hosea 4 you exposed the false prophets and priests who failed to teach Your people Your Word. As a result, the entire Northern Kingdom was destroyed. In Jesus’ day the priests again failed to teach Your Torah and they even missed the fact Your Son was their Messiah. Please keep pouring Your truth and insight into my life. Use Truth Encounter to give good spiritual nourishment to Your precious children.
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