By: Pastor Ed Young
Posted: May 12, 2017
From Series: Family Business
Jeremiah 15:16, “When I discovered your words, I devoured them. They are my joy and my heart’s delight, for I bear your name, O LORD God of Heaven’s Armies.”
I Peter 2:2-3, “Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, now that you have tasted that the Lord is good”.
Who prefers their kids to eat junk food rather than a balanced diet? And who desires to send their kids off to school starving and tells them not to eat lunch? We innately want to feed our kids, no one tells us we have to; we just do it. Why, then, do we so often forget to make sure they are feeding on the Word of God? In Matthew 4:4, Jesus said, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word… of God”. This means ridding our families of a fast-food faith mentality. Occasional eating on the go is fine, but the majority of our meals should consist of a nutritious and healthy diet. Do you try to live on one to two meals a week? No! No matter how busy we are, we still manage to work food into our schedules. Therefore, it should be no different when it comes to feeding our faith.
In addition to training our kids to feed themselves spiritually, we also need to feed as a family. Studies show that a major contributing factor to the rapid decline of nuclear families is the lack of daily communication among household members. Also, statistics strongly indicate that children in homes that do share meals 4-5 times per week are substantially healthier physically, less likely to be obese, perform better academically, and are not as prone to acting out behaviorally. Mealtime is reveal time! It’s a great time to tell each other about their day, AND it’s the perfect time to share with one another what you’ve been reading in Scripture!
Thank You, Father God, for Your Word, the Bread of Life, and the Living Water! Open my eyes to notice what I’ve previously failed to see in Scripture, and open my ears as I pray through Your Word to hear Your voice.
Prioritize family mealtime. Plan ahead—make reservations in your own dining room! Pray together, and take turns asking the blessing. And, don’t forget to wish your mom a Happy Mother’s Day!
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