Weekday devotionals for Christians

It’s Hard Work Feeding All of Those People!

Mark 6:42-44, 49-52

(42)  And they did all eat, and were filled.

(43)  And they took up twelve baskets full of the fragments, and of the fishes.

(44)  And they that did eat of the loaves were about five thousand men.

(49)  But when they saw him walking upon the sea, they supposed it had been a spirit, and cried out:

(50)  For they all saw him, and were troubled. And immediately he talked with them, and saith unto them, Be of good cheer: it is I; be not afraid.

(51)  And he went up unto them into the ship; and the wind ceased: and they were sore amazed in themselves beyond measure, and wondered.

(52)  For they considered not the miracle of the loaves: for their heart was hardened.

Here we have 12 disciples that are worn out!  Why? What happened to make them worn out?  They just finished helping serve food to 5,000 men, besides women and children.  Jesus soon after constrained the men to get in a ship and cross the sea.  I believe Jesus wanted to test their faith by sending them alone.  As we examine this story, I want to encourage many of you who are active and faithful workers for the Lord.  We will see and learn some valuable lessons from the 12 men who walked the closest to Jesus.

I want to start out by saying serving is a wonderful and Christ-honoring thing for a Christian.  Those of you who serve and are faithful are a tremendous blessing to the work of the ministry and the cause of Christ!  Thank God for those who faithfully serve for Jesus! 

I do want to give you a warning though; when you serve, you WILL get tired and weary!  This is the by-product of serving.  It is a part of the sacrifice that the servers endure when they serve.  The service that you provide is more appreciated because there is a degree of suffering (sometimes great, sometimes small) that takes place.  One of the blessings of the server is that they are taking the difficulty from the one they are serving and putting it on themselves.  When a waiter at a restaurant takes your order, brings your drinks and food, and then makes sure that your needs are taken care of; they are doing that for you so that you do not have to do it.  The cook back in the kitchen, prepares and cooks your food to order so that you do not have to.  That is part of their service.  While I just stated the obvious, I did so to lay the foundation of the sacrifice of the server.

I will end today with this: Thank you for your service for the Lord!  Many times a “Thank You” is not said or expressed properly.  A lot of times, the “tip” does not equal the level of service one receives.  As a parent, the gratitude we receive rarely equals the sacrifice level that our children received.  I am not being unkind to the kiddos, just merely stating a reality.  BTW, I didn’t realize the level of sacrifice that went into parenting until I became a parent. 

I think the absence of a proper gratitude, to a small degree, adds to the sacrifice of the server.  So, when you “work your fingers to the bone” and it seems that no one really cares, know this that Jesus notices and He cares!

 Matthew 25:37-40

(37)  Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink?

(38)  When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee?

(39)  Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?

(40)  And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.

One of the things that helps me in my service, is to remember that at the very least, I am doing it for the Lord.  This helps me because I know that my service is an investment into receiving rewards in Heaven.

July 26, 2017 Posted by | Devotional | , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments



Mat 5:6  Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.

Are you hungry right now?  As I am writing this, it will be lunch time in about an hour.  Have you ever stopped and thought about how much our life revolves around food?  There are a lot of businesses out there dedicated to the “re-fueling” of our bodies.  In fact, most restaurants are in locations that have high traffic.  Some people like to torture themselves by cramming “healthy food” down their own throat.  Those who normally do that consistently are slender and to me sickly looking.  Ok maybe I am being mean, but if I have a choice between a tofu burger and a Big Mac; well, you know what I will pick.   Maybe you are different than me, but I like to enjoy my meals.  I like Bro. Dean McNeese’s philosophy on eating, “It is hard to kid-nap me if I am not skinny”.

Why do we eat?  Is it to sustain a constant fuel supply to our bodies so that we can function and work; or do you eat to enjoy food?  Maybe you do both.  What ever the answer will be for you, food is to fuel our physical bodies so that we can work.  Our spiritual being needs food also.  That feeding comes from the Word of God.  Let me ask you this question, How much spiritual food have you fed to your spiritual being lately?  Do you realize that it needs to eat too?  Maybe one of the reasons why some people struggle in the christian life is because their spiritual nature suffers with starvation.  I don’t know about your situation; I only know about me and when I feed my saved nature, I do the best spiritually.  I am more focused on spiritual things when I read my Bible.  Church is referred to as a lot of things.  It can also be referred to as a spiritual restaurant.  Our pastor (the chef) prepares a spiritual meal (sermon from the Word of God) given to him by the Head Chef (Jesus).  When the pastor opens the Bible, he feeds us with the Word of God.  We take up an offering in the church service to pay for the expenses of feeding them a spiritual meal (why is it that we are more ready to over-pay for a meal at a restaurant, pay tax on it, and pay a tip to the server than we are ready to give a 10% percent tithe which is a bare minimum thing that we are commanded to do).  Last Question, are you hungry?  Odds are, if your body needs multiple feedings; then your saved nature will need multiple feedings too!

November 14, 2011 Posted by | Devotional | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment