Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Getting fed or just fed up?

Thot it was time to talk again... so here goes. Most of you know I am a pastor, and have been for over 25 years... so I can relate to Solomon when he declared there is nothing new under the sun... I might not have "seen it all", but I've seen enough to not be surprised about things that happen in life, to people, in and out of churches... I am sure every pastor and church leader has heard it all from fellow travelers of faith, but one of the most familiar, I'm sure is; " I'm just not getting fed there anymore". In the early days of my ministry, to hear that I would seek God to find out where I was coming up short in ministry.. always looking to where I could do better, be meatier, go deeper, and the such... but what I realize is that phrase, " I'm not getting fed anymore" is incrimination of the one not feeding. Think about it, in the natural, only babies need someone else to feed them and parents are glad to do it ( and of course, grandparents really enjoy it, right Nana, you foxy lady)... with the idea that as they grow up, they will begin to feed themselves.
Now in case you misunderstand me, I am not talking about new Christ followers, those who have just come to Jesus and are baby christians, no they need to be bottle feed the "milk of the Word, and helped along until they can spiritually walk along themselves... But those who say, " I'm not getting fed there anymore" are always those who think they are more mature than they are, and are looking to pass blame on someone else because in all reality their life isn't going like they want and are throwing a fit.
So, me thinks, that most Christians that say that they are not getting fed, are not using their bible, not having time with God in prayer and fellowship, are not on purpose developing godly friendships with other believers,and not on purpose feeding themselves. Do you really think the excuse for your spiritual non-growth can be someone else's responsibility? No... you and I must eventually start feeding our self... so get your Bible back out, open it, and dig into it... Also give your heart and mind to God in every service to speak to you. I don't care what the preacher is saying ( I mean, if it's the Bible) God can speak through that message something to help your life... that's called feeding yourself. Quit blaming everybody else for your lack of commitment to grow... I have found over the years that people will do exactly what they want... so if you want to grow in Christ, then start feeding yourself.
And just in case you think I'm talking about you... remember what our parents always said, " If the shoe fits, wear it". O.K, I'm done...

5 comments:

  1. Very Good! The statement "I am not getting fed" is an admission of self deprivation and neglect. The finger is pointing at the one making the statement. Keep it real Karl.

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  2. Hey... it's real and it's true! Thanks for telling the truth, even though it may be hard to say sometimes, we all need to hear it. It's just easier to rely on someone else or to blame someone, so that's why as human's we can fall into that trap. You're keeping us on our toes!! :-)

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  3. Well said my friend. Spiritual laziness is far too prevalent in the church today.

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  4. in my few short years as a believer, i've moved a lot, so i've had several churches. and yes, i've heard that line before. in my experience it's usually about something else entirely, such as an offense with someone at the church they've let grow, they're not feeling as though they are personally getting enough attention or praise, or lastly, they are disappointed in themselves for not stepping up and it's just easier to move on than to face that. good word pastor. blessings...

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  5. Huh, interesting how theres no middle ground in this. Yes, idealy 'grown up christians' should be constant in there walk with God, but unfortunately some of us our still human. Sometimes some of us still need support when we drop the ball. Yes 'baby christians get bottle fed' as you say, but as your kids, people under you, grow your still expected to put food on the table for them. Sure they should be developing there own pursuit of God individually, but the middle ground would be you still helping take care of them. This sounds like a shepherd who would only tend the lambs and let the sheep fend for themselves. Shouldn't the sheep also be fed and protected and led to green pastures? The only sheep a shepherd would no longer care about is a dead one, so does that mean 'grown christians' who need leading might as well be dead christians to you? A heart like this sounds more like one meant to teach and not preach to me. Wheres the love? That's just my opinion though, you may not have wanted to hear it, but there it is. Just like your opinion that takes up a percentage of your messages, not everyone wants to hear it, but there it is. Just think about it, really think, how does it make sense to abandon any of your flock?

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