As Tommy approached home after spending a fun afternoon at his friend’s house, the rich aroma met him. His mother had cooked roast turkey with all the trimmings and apple pie for dessert. This was everyone’s favourite meal, and most of all, Tommy’s. The house was abuzz with happiness as they prepared for a hearty meal.
Tommy sat through the meal hardly eating his most favourite foods. Instead of clearing his plate in short time as usual, he picked at a little of everything.
Tommy and his friend had been ‘snacking’ most of the afternoon – peanut butter sandwiches, potato crisps, chocolate biscuits, candies, soda pop – how could he eat anything more?
In settling for something he liked, he was unable to partake of the best.
How is it with our spiritual appetites?
Do we tend to feast on things we like,
such as watching TV, playing games, hobbies, pleasing self,
thereby losing the joy of our spiritual food?
Do we give so much attention and time to these things
that we have no (or little) time left for the important things?
Do we settle for less than the BEST?
(close communion with our Lord,
through His Word and prayer and obedience to His will)
Many places in Scripture liken the Christian life to being in a race.
In Hebrews 12:1 we are told to “lay aside every weight”
– to cast off and leave all that is not helpful in running the race.
These could even be ‘good’ things, but if they take the place of ‘the best’
– the spiritual food we need – they are to be forsaken.
Mr Anon says:
# Anything that comes between me and my God – ROBS God.
# Anything that comes between me and my God – BECOMES my god.
# He who offers God second place – offers Him NO place.
EVERYTHING is either a WING or a WEIGHT
Lord, reveal to me any ‘weights’ in my life which hinder my walk with You.
Help me to discard them so my life can be filled with YOU.