Archive for April, 2014


Satisfied!

“Whoever feeds on me, he also will live because of me.” -Jesus
John 6:57

Imagine going to your favorite restaurant to enjoy a meal. You take your time surveying the food choices on the menu and select your order. Your delicious hot meal finally arrives and smells fantastic. Before eating you decide to wash your hands in the restroom but when you return to your complete disappointment someone had taken your food and devoured it. Hungry and very dissatisfied you leave the restaurant. This may seem unlikely but spiritually this happens every day. Jesus told the parable of a farmer who went out to sow seed but some seeds fell along the path, and the birds came and devoured them. Jesus explained that when anyone hears the message about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in their heart. (Matthew 13:4,19) If we make no effort to understand what good spiritual fruit the Lord is trying to grow in our lives we will end up feeling spiritually hungry and without purpose living an unfulfilled life. “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.” (Matthew 5:6)

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Rest Awhile

Then Jesus said, “Let’s go off by ourselves to a quiet place and rest awhile.” He said this because there were so many people coming and going that Jesus and his apostles didn’t even have time to eat. (Mark 6:31 NLT)

No one is perfect. Even trained professionals can have a bad day if they are tired or under significant stress. A fatigued baseball player might fail to make a play during a game and it is called an error. The player obtains coaching for improving performance and continues playing another day after some rest. A tired employee can make the wrong decision after working numerous overtime hours. The employee receives a performance review with a corrective action plan and continues to work the next day after a good night sleep. Christian leaders who have been drained from the demands of their service to others can also fail morally which is called sin. Thankfully the uplifting prayers of fellow believers and the never ending forgiveness of Christ Jesus brings restoration. The Lord Jesus recognized this risk of burn out and instructed his apostles to rest in his presence away from the busy demands of ministry. Resting awhile quietly in the presence of the Lord refreshes us for another day. Only Jesus is perfect and he will never fail us.

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