Friday, February 22, 2008
DO YOU LOVE CHRIST AND HIS WORD?
Many who profess to believe in and love Christ and His Word are like the little girl who was invited to dinner at her friend’s home. The vegetable was buttered broccoli. The mother asked the little girl if she liked it. The little girl replied politely, “Oh, yes, I LOVE it!” But when the broccoli was passed she declined to take any. The hostess said, “I thought you said you loved buttered broccoli.” The little girl replied sweetly, “Oh, yes ma’am, I DO, but not enough to eat it!”
Those who TRULY believe in and love Christ and His Word will also feed upon Him and His Word. Christ spoke of this when He said, “Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day” (John 6:54).
This is a metaphor for believing in and trusting Christ crucified for all righteousness, salvation, and eternal life. We who, by the power of the Holy Spirit, LOVE Christ REST in Him completely for our salvation. We rest in the truth that Christ alone paid for our sins by His death on the cross for us and that God has justified us based on His righteousness imputed to us.
Christ told Peter and the disciples three times to feed His sheep (John 21:15-17).
Paul told the elders of the church at Ephesus to feed the church (Acts 20:28).
With what do we feed God’s people?
We feed them with the Word of God. Those who are truly God’s people are hungry for that Word, and they are nourished and grow by that Word – “As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:” (1 Peter 2:2). Make no mistake about it, if you truly love Christ and His Word you will rest in Him alone and feed upon His Word.
By Bill Parker