“FOOD WHICH PERISHES”
by Kevin Rutherford
Five thousand people sat down
before the Lord by the
These people were shallow indeed. How could they miss the fact that a great sign had been given to them? How could they not draw the proper conclusions from the sign and desire spiritual food that would save them? They were blind to the truth. Later, in their conversation with Christ they suggested Jesus should give them a sign to prove that He was from God (John ). They were so focused on physical things, and they were so blind to the facts that they did not realize such a sign had already been given to them in the miracle of feeding the five thousand. Are our hearts as thickly covered in fat as theirs? Surely not, we would think.
Before we conclude that we are not as hard hearted as they, perhaps we should examine ourselves (2 Corinthians 13:5). Members of the church are often seeking to get as much as they can from the church by putting as little as they can into the church. We want salvation, but we don’t want to help the church with its work. We want to enjoy the social company of Christians, but we don’t call on the sick, shut-in, or needy. We want to enjoy good preaching, but we don’t want to teach others. We want to enjoy worship, but we mumble our way through the songs and focus our minds on sports and lunch. We want the church to “fix” our kids when we have failed in the home. We want to see what we can gain physically and emotionally from the church while giving very little concern over that which we can gain spiritually.
We have failed to realize that Christianity is not a “give me” religion. It is instead the one true “give to God and others,” faith. Didn’t Jesus teach us this when He said, “It is more blessed to give than to receive (Acts )?” The Lord’s church is filled with lethargic, apathetic, self-absorbed Christians who are into Christianity to see what they can get out while putting little in. We should desire to get out of Christianity spiritual growth, salvation, peace, contentment, joy, etc. However, we should not think we deserve these things, and we should not think they should be ours when we give God very little. Furthermore, our focus should always be on what we can gain spiritually and not physically.
When we need help we should not be afraid to ask the church for it (Galatians 6:2). But when we can help ourselves we ought to do it (Galatians 6:5). It is true that you should gain much from Christianity, but woe to the person who is only seeking Christ for the loaves and fishes.
The prosperity religion of TV evangelists is a farce. It is nothing more than a moneymaking scheme for them. The ironic thing about it all is that those who have fallen for the false doctrine of the prosperity preachers have done so because they want Christianity to make them rich. They are giving up their money and making these pompous parading peacocks wealthy. They are seeking the loaves and fishes and are not seeking the truth.
Why are you seeking Christ?