Yesterday’s bread is old and stale. It was not intended for today. We need today’s bread: The Word of Christ! Dine at His table today.
1 Wisdom has built her house…3 she calls…4 “Let all who are simple [those who do not know the ways of God but want to learn] come to my house!” To those who have no [spiritual] sense she says, “Come…”
Jesus taught us to pray saying, “give us this day our daily bread (Matthew 6:11).” He was comparing our fellowship with the Father, our daily sustenance, to manna. In that culture and time, bread was made fresh each day. Yesterday’s bread was dried-out and crusty, and got moldy very quickly. Imagine having fresh-baked bread every morning!
Our daily Bible reading is like eating fresh-baked bread. Why would we try to live on old bread when we can have it fresh each day? Yet, that is exactly what we do! Satan has us fill our lives with so many things that we “don’t have time” to commune with God through His Word. Throughout my years of ministry, I have had two people–each very involved in church life–say to me, “I’m so busy that I don’t have time to sit and read the Bible.” Oh friend, there’s NOTHING that important!
When I don’t really feel like sitting down and reading/talking to God, His Spirit challenges me to call on His higher desire, the one that runs my life, which is to be like Jesus. Because I want to walk with Him and be like Him (that’s what discipleship means), I have learned that I must put to death my feelings and do what I know is the right thing according to the Spirit. The neat thing is that once I start, I really enjoy that time with the Lord. He usually has something very useful that I need for that day.
Take 2 Peter 1:3 for instance.
His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.
Let’s insert “today” after “need” and “daily” before the word “knowledge.” Now, read it again:
His divine power has given us everything we need today for a godly life through our daily knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.
Manna=daily bread=the Word=fresh knowledge
What reassurance we have when we come into fellowship with our brothers and sisters in Christ knowing that they have been with the Father and have dined with Jesus, thus being transformed into the image of Christ and are exuding His characteristics with renewed vibrance and gusto. Wait–is that NOT how we come to church?! Imagine what it WOULD be like if everyone spent time with God in His Word every morning. WOW!
My prayer for you today:
I pray “that your love may abound more and more in [daily] knowledge and depth of insight, 10 so that you may be able to discern what is best [today] and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, 11 filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ [daily]–to the glory and praise of God.” Philippians 1:9-11
Let’s dig into His Word. It’s our source of spiritual nutrients and strength, giving us insight and discernment as we learn His ways. Simply put, we can’t afford not to.
“Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.” Revelation 3:20 [We use it as a salvation verse, but it was written to Christians]