Text: “Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread?…”
Good morning, well fed Christian soul! Not for you the Spiritual hunger of many others - your soul is well cared for by a Pastor that has been called of God to faithfully feed Christ’s sheep. Rejoice if this is your lot, my friend. Wake up, if it is not! Arise and get thee hence to seek and to find fresh bread that will satisfy your ‘born again’, Spiritually regenerate, soul. Amen.
“The elders that are among you I exhort, who am also an elder and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that shall be revealed: FEED THE FLOCK OF GOD which is among you, taking the oversight (Pastorate) thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre (self gain), but of a ready mind; neither as being lords over God’s heritage, but being ensamples to the flock. And when the Chief Shepherd (Christ Jesus) shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away.” (1 Peter 5:1-4)
In today’s two-verse Bible reading from John chapter 6, we find the Lord Jesus lifting up His eyes and seeing ‘…a great company come unto Him…’
As they are coming to Him, and before they ever actually reach Him - the Lord is already deeply concerned about their vital needs. The Master says to Philip the disciple, ‘Whence shall we buy bread, that these may eat?’
We know from our reading of the next verse, that the Lord Jesus asked this question, primarily, in order to ‘…prove…’, or test, Philip - and that Christ already ‘…knew what He would do…’.
In this situation and in all things. Almighty God knows our every need long before we know ourselves. Praise the Lord!
“Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? Or, What shall we drink? Or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek) for your Heavenly Father knoweth (knows, and continues to know) that ye have need of all these things.” (Matthew 6:31-32)
With this thought in mind, beloved Christian friend, let me ask you this question: If the Lord knows what your vital Spiritual needs are, and, if the Lord has called and ordained Pastors to ‘…feed His sheep…’ - then why are you putting up with a constant diet of ‘stale bread’ at best, or NO BREAD in the worst case? Why do you suffer Spiritual starvation in silence?
Redeemed ‘sheep’ need fresh Spiritual bread to feed their souls. Awake! Don’t put up with a diet of ‘stale bread’ sermons!
Now let us all ask ourselves: Are we going to church meetings, spending an hour singing hymns and praises, then being entertained by some churchy gimmick for half and hour - and returning home entertained, but empty of vital faith-food in our souls? This is a very sobering question for us all.
“So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.” (Romans 10:17)
“Whence shall we buy BREAD, that these may eat?” (John 6:5)
Too many ‘Pastors’ today in this 21st Century have become utterly lazy, they will not study God’s Word themselves; they take no time to put God’s Word into their hearts; and therefore have nothing but ‘stale bread’ messages to put back out to their Spiritually hungry congregations! What a travesty! Why do God’s people put up with such self-seeking ‘…hirelings…’? Awake!
“I am the good Shepherd; the good Shepherd giveth His life for the sheep. But he that is an hireling (works for wages and self-promotion), and not the Shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and fleeth; and the wolf catcheth them, and scattered the sheep. The hireling fleeth, because he IS an hireling, and careth not for the sheep.” (John 10:11-13)
Pastors that are called of God into ministry care for the souls of believers in their Pastoral care. They study God’s Word and make certain they have ‘fresh bread’ Scriptural sermons and Spiritual teachings with which to feed the souls of the flock of God. Nothing but Scriptural food is good enough for Eternally redeemed, Spiritually regenerated, souls. Only the best will do!
“And I (the Lord God) shall give you Pastors according to Mine heart, which shall feed you with knowledge and understanding.” (Jeremiah 3:15)
Thought: What sort of Pastor are YOU - do you provide fresh Bread, or stale sermons to feed the
(Acts 20:28) church of God