Getting fed? The last time I checked, the only group of healthy people who need feeding are infants. Healthy people, who have full use of all their faculties, feed themselves. We pick up our knife and fork and we tuck in. We can feed ourselves.
Why is it then that one of the most common objections I hear from so called ‘mature’ Christians is “I’m just not getting fed”? I’m sorry, but by very definition, you don’t get fed once you’re mature. You get fed as an infant.
It would be insane for us to go without food for six days every week and then chow down on a huge meal once or twice a Sunday. As Christians we’re meant to feed ourselves from the living Word of God daily, and if you don’t have a Bible, we’ll give you one in church on Sunday.
I’ve found that most of the time, when people complain about not getting fed, they have missed some very important aspects of the Christian Way –
- Paul says in Hebrews 5:14 that “Solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil”. This means that maturity is found in living right, NOT knowing the most.
- In the next few verses in Hebrews 6:1-2, Paul explains some of the basics. He mentions the Resurrection from the Dead in there. I’ve been in churches or in conversations with people who are trying to be ‘deep’ who teach and talk about end times eschatology but have no zeal for reaching the lost. What’s the point?
Be extremely wary of the one who can debate doctrine but who doesn’t live it. Paul warns Timothy about these people in 1 Timothy 1:6 – “Certain persons, by swerving from these [verse 5 explains; love from a pure heart, a good conscience and a sincere faith], have wandered away into vain discussion.”
Let’s never be people who trivialise and discuss doctrine without demonstrating love from a pure heart, a good conscience and a sincere faith.
If your theology produces anything but these it is at best, missing the main point and at worst, very very wrong.
If you want to go ‘deeper’ in the Word… If you want a more ‘intimate’ time of worship… If you want to develop a ‘greater sense’ of community… then what are you doing the other six days of the week? Please don’t wait for Sunday to feed all your spiritual cravings. It won’t work.
If you’re not getting fed, you’re probably not bringing your spoon.