Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Breakfast Food

This morning, I made a Polish breakfast for my fellow vacationers consisting of fried perogies and onions and fried kielbasi.  One person commented whether or not perogies could be considered breakfast food.  Any self-respecting Pole would agree that perogies are perfect breakfast food, but that comment remained in my head.  Why do we consider something to be breakfast food and not to be breakfast food?  Steak and potatoes are dinner food but steak, eggs, and homefries are breakfast.  It is completely arbitrary because anything eaten for breakfast is breakfast food.  I am sure almost all of us has had cold pizza for breakfast at some point in our lives.  And I am sure that just about all of us has had eggs for dinner as well. 

I was then thinking about how we do the same with our spiritual lives.  That there are parts of the Word that are good at times and not appropriate at other times.  There are times where we make excuses about not sharing the Gospel because it was not the right "time" or God did not open the door or give us a "clear" opportunity.  I am guilty of this myself.  The thing is that there is no wrong time to share the Gospel.  There is not time that it is not appropriate to share the Gospel though our words or actions.  We should never be afraid to share the love of God with anyone or at any time. 

We also do this with teaching in our churches.  So many teachers are scared to offend people with hard doctrine thinking that they should only be teaching breakfast milk and never moving forward to a hearty dinner.  Many teachers are of the opinion that they just do not need to teach all of Scripture.  The Bible is clear that all of Scripture is essential for our growth and learning.  We will never grow as Christians without a balanced diet of the whole counsel of God. 

And finally, we are the same way in our own spiritual lives.  We do not like to hear the warnings from God.  We just like to hear about God's grace.  The Word spends much time warning Christians of the consequences of not living righteously for God.  We love to hear how God loves us but loving to  hear about God's love or even loving God's love is not loving God.  Loving God is obedience to His Word and there can be no obedience to God's Word if we are not in God's Word.  The Bible says that God's people perish for lack of knowledge.  That becomes true in our lives when we perish from spiritual starvation from not being filled with the Word of God.

Just like our meals for our body, there is no such thing as Spiritual breakfast food.  All of God's Word is good all of the time.  All of God's Word is essential all of the time.  Just as balanced meals are essential for a healthy physical life, a steady and balanced diet of the whole counsel of God is essential for a healthy spiritual life.  Indulge in the goodness of the Word of God. 
For everyone who partakes only of milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, for he is a babe. But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, that is, those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil. Hebrews 5:13-14 NKJV

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