Food for Thought

Some years ago, a member of the church handed me an e-mail he had received. It’s food for thought.

A churchgoer wrote a letter to the editor of a newspaper and complained that it made no sense to go to church every Sunday. He wrote:

“I’ve gone for 30 years now and in that time, I have heard something like 3,000 sermons. But, for the life of me, I can’t remember a single one of them. So, I think I’m wasting my time and the preachers are wasting theirs by giving sermons at all.”

This started a real controversy in the “Letters to the Editor” column, much to the delight of the editor. It went on for weeks until someone wrote this clincher:

“I’ve been married for 30 years now. In that time my wife has cooked some 32,000 meals. Bur for the life of me, I cannot recall the entire menu for a single one of those meals. But, I do know this: They all nourished me and gave me the strength I needed to do my work. If my wife had not given me these meals, I would be physically dead today. Likewise, if I had not gone to church for nourishment, I would be spiritually dead today!”

Hopefully, we are not eating spiritually only once or twice per week, but the point is well taken. If we are to be healthy physically, we need regular, healthy, and proper sustenance. If our spiritual bodies are to grow, mature, and be healthy, we must eat spiritual food. Just as a steady diet of sweets would be damaging to the physical body, so also is the steady intake of the media’s brain candy detrimental to our spiritual body. Watch less TV and read more Bible. Then, watch the transforming difference it will make in your spiritual life. We need to hear the gospel preached, we need the fellowship of the saints and we need daily to feed on the milk and meat of the Word. In the absence of this vital nutrition, we will spiritually die! All things are ready, come to the feast.

Jeff Sweeten