Monday, 07 January 2013
...for when you are eating, some of you go ahead with your own private suppers. As a result, one person remains hungry and another gets drunk. Don’t you have homes to eat and drink in? Or do you despise the church of God by humiliating those who have nothing? What shall I say to you? Shall I praise you? Certainly not in this matter!
So then, my brothers and sisters, when you gather to eat, you should all eat together. Anyone who is hungry should eat something at home, so that when you meet together it may not result in judgment.
And when I come I will give further directions.
- 1 Corinthians 11: 21-22, 33-34
1. Make sure everyone is being responsible with their path with God. Some are actually going home and actually seeking God, while others are going home and doing nothing. They spiritually get drunk, seeking enjoyment and pleasurable feelings, but silently poisoning them. Closing yourself off to everyone when it comes down to seeking the word of God is not always a good thing. Yes, we need alone time with Christ, but spreading the word is much more rewarding to the kingdom of God. Spread it and make sure that people stay sober by helping them search for the word of God.
2. Those who do not seek God, but attend the church should not be humiliated. We are not all perfect, we to once attended the church before seeking God. Just because someone is starving, does not mean that we have the right to laugh at their lack of spiritual food. Instead of acting superior, you should give them a meal, and give them the means to feed themselves. If you don’t help them learn how to feed themselves, they will be back in the same place starving the next day. Help those who are not seeking God, do not boast that you are full while they are empty, for we too were once empty.
3. When you are finding the word of God, it is always good to find him in a group. In a group setting, we are able to share. We are able to give encouragement. We are able to teach. And we are also able to learn. In a group setting, we are able to do much more than if we are alone. There truly is power in numbers.
4. Eat at home. Coming to church is nothing but a snack of the word of God. the true meals come from finding his truth by yourself. The portions that a pastor may give you could either fill you up to no end, or they could barely give you any sustenance. Pastors only give you what they have learned from God, and sometimes what they have learned is not what you need. Do your own seeking. Eat you meals at home and expect to only be fed a snack at service. If they give you more, cool. Take it. But God will surly reward you more by seeking him out yourself.
5. If you don’t eat meals regularly, you will perish. The same goes for your spiritual life. if you do not feed on the word of God, you will die spiritually. It’s also easy just to take snacks from your pastors and feel that you are sufficient enough to last spiritually for all of your life, but really you are only starving yourself. Eat spiritually regularly, or be hungry.
When have you faced spiritual hunger? How do you satisfy your spiritual hunger? How can you apply the above lessons to your life today?