Water for the Thirsty
Weekly Devotional

Water for the Thirsty

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Weekly Devotional

‘As the deer pants for streams of water so my soul pants for you, O God’. (Psalm 42:1)
‘…Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, "If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink”…’ (John 7:37)

25th April 2010

A common cry among churchgoers is that they are simply not being fed.

It’s a comment usually aimed at Church leaders as a critique of their preaching, and of course it does sound a little more pious than saying, ‘By the way, Vicar, Pastor, or Reverend, I think that your preaching is boring, goes on too long and is generally rubbish.’

Now it may be true that that much preaching leaves a lot to be desired and there needs to be a return to sound, Biblical expository preaching, but the ‘I’m not being fed’ comment ought to ring a few alarm bells with us.

After all it’s usually babies, or people unable to feed themselves, who need to be fed.

The idea that other people are responsible for our diet of spiritual knowledge, understanding and discipleship ought to concern us.

Again, that’s not to excuse poor preaching (of which there is much). There is a clear responsibility placed upon preachers as Paul points out in 2 Timothy 4:1–5,

In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and in view of his appearing and his kingdom, I give you this charge: Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction. For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths. But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry. (2 Timothy 4:1–5)

But having said that, as we grow in maturity as a Christian, we must take responsibility for our own spiritual nourishment. Paul gives this admonishment in 1 Corinthians 14:20,

‘Brothers, stop thinking like children. In regard to evil be infants, but in your thinking be adults. (1 Corinthians 14:20)

Now that will be demanding.

It will mean that we will have to think about our faith, rather than accept a faith that others spoon-feed us with.

So in your Christian walk, don’t just insist that others ‘feed you’. Ask God to help you to use the mind that He has given you.

As Paul said in Philippians 4:8,

‘Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things’. (Philippians 4:8)

And as you do, may it ‘…stimulate you to wholesome thinking’ (2 Peter 3:1).

Have a good week using the gift of your mind.

Pastor Barry

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