Where is the beef in our soul and faith?
For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat. (Hebrews 5:15). Brothers, I could not address you as spiritual, but as worldly — as infants in Christ. 2I gave you milk, not solid food, for you were not yet ready for solid food. In fact, you are still not ready, 3for you are still worldly. For since there is jealousy and dissension among you, are you not worldly? Are you not walking in the way of man?…(I Cor.3:1-3)
These verses are so important for Christians to know they exist in the scriptures. As leaders in the church today, what is being done to assist folks to get off the milk of the world and have some meat to chew on. We all remember a commercial from years ago where a lady commented about her hamburger, “Where’s the beef?”
Have you ever wondered the same thing about the sermons/classes at church. The meat of God’s word is found through study and application, as a good student of the word, the Bible. The Bible gives us “all things that pertain to life and godliness.” (II Peter 1:3) So Paul says the reasons for not growing are, jealousy, dissensions, being worldly and walking in the ways of man. The desire to grow spiritually has to be stronger than our love for the worldly things. I hope that as Christian people we are enjoying the meat of the word. We all need some milk to begin our journey but growth must take place to be what God wants us to become. I was taught a song when I was just a child by one of our ministers: “Read your Bible, pray everyday and you’ll grow, grow, grow.”
I would love to teach that song to all of you so you could grow. When you take the time to read and study God’s word, you are feasting on food that will fill your soul. A full, satisfied soul is a working soul. Help your friends and family see the need to be strong in the Lord by your thirst for the knowledge and practice of the word of God. The first century people faced many of the same issues we face today so we can use them as an example of what can be done if we do God’s will. We all grow at different rates so be patient with each other as you help each one of us grow. Our sermons and classes should never leave anyone with the question, “Where’s the beef?” Just keep repeating the song I mentioned a few sentences ago. Thanks for reading this article, enjoy your day.
(“From the Pulpit” is a weekly sermon provided by the clergy members of The Weirton Ministerial Association)