|One of our family gatherings...waiting to be fed...|
As I look back on my life I know I've said that zillions of times...especially as a growing child. And how often have we heard our own children say the same things? Probably more times than we could possibly count.
Now, let's tell the truth...how many of those zillions of times were we truly starving? How often were we (or our children) really so hungry that we could "eat a cow"? (A nice juicy steak might be nice...)
Yes, I am well aware that there is tremendous hunger in the world, and possibly closer than we think, and it is an immensely horrific problem for millions of people. As much as I would love to solve world hunger, that is not what I am really talking about tonight. That is an issue that is larger than my capacity to solve.
No, the kind of hunger that is really on my mind is soul hunger. If your soul could speak, how often do you think it would cry, "I'm starving!" ? Probably more often than we care to admit. Could it be possible that a person could attend church every week, listen to Christian music, attend all kinds of "Bible Studies" or other spiritual help groups, conferences, and concerts and still have a starving soul?
Yes...highly possible. How could that be? I mean, wouldn't that be the right kind of "diet" to have a well nourished soul? It should be. But I've seen people come and go from church to church, Bible study to Bible study, all manner of conferences and groups, etc., etc, etc., and still not grow and mature in matters of the soul. They never can get enough food to satisfy the hunger of the heart and soul. Why?
Perhaps because we get so caught up in the frenetic search for answers and just the right "food" that we overlook the most basic important nutrient of all...a total ingestion of the best food ever offered; The Bread of Life...Jesus Christ.
Jesus said to His disciples in John 6:35
|Warner Sallman's picture of Jesus Standing at the door knocking|