Over the past few months, I’ve been watching the ministry of Lorien Atwood’s illustrated Bible verses. It’s led me to contemplate the modern adage, ‘you are what you eat’. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard it, and I believe it remains true.
If you at healthy food, the result seems to be good health. If you eat unhealthy food, the result seems to be unhealthiness.
What I’ve been seeing is the wonder of this principle in people’s Spiritual lives. As the good food of God’s Word has been meditated on as they colour in the page, people are sharing their encouragement, refreshment and rediscovered hope found in the Bible. What a blessing! It hasn’t mattered how many differences there are in peoples lives and circumstances, or the type of colouring material – God’s Word has brought good fruit.
It’s led me to stop and ponder what do I spend my time meditating on? How am I feeding my mind, my heart and soul? Am I feeding it the kind of things that will draw me closer to God? or draw me closer to sin?
As we near the Women’s Winter Dinner (August 15th), we have a great chance to see how the music we listen to could change lives. Niki Shepherd has been writing Christian music for many years now, and has used her gifts to powerfully tell the story of lives changed by Jesus. It’s going to be a great opportunity to invite people to hear God’s Good news in a new way, and to be encouraged by it yourself. Could it be that this good food could be what changes a life?
Let’s pray and see what God will do.
Psalm 19:14 says, 'May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart by pleasing to your sight, LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer.'
This week, I have had the privilege of being part of the National Leaders Consultation being conducted by The Gospel Coalition Australia, which itself was officially launched during the week.
It was a sheer delight to be with others whose hearts bleed for the Gospel in our country.
It is interesting to ponder the journey of the Apostles. As they were carrying on their everyday lives, they were each called by Jesus. Their response was striking. We are told immediately they left what they were doing to come and follow Jesus. They didn’t even know what they were signing up for. They just knew that there was something about Jesus that was important.
Purely on the basis of his call, they gave up everything – livelihoods, families, everything they knew – to follow Jesus. In their case, they didn’t know how they would even survive, other than the provision of Jesus.
They literally followed Jesus around, being taught about what it means to follow Jesus as they went. And they didn’t always understand, at least at the time. Sometimes, we can look at their response and think they are ‘dopey’. We can wonder why they didn’t get it. We can reflect on their growing journey in what it means to follow Jesus. We can read with bewilderment as Jesus prediction about Peter denying him three times comes true.
And yet, after Jesus resurrection and ascension, they did get it. Jesus changed absolutely everything. From that moment on, their most important and urgent priority was spreading the word that the world had been forever changed. It is breathtaking to read their frenetic activity in the book of Acts.
They were driven, for they knew that so many people did not know Jesus as Lord and Saviour. They wanted as many people as possible to be rescued – and their lives reflected it.
My friends - did you know that over 30,000 people live in our immediate area (within our ‘parish’ boundary)? At a generous estimate, only about 3% are part of Bible believing churches.
And this means that thousands need our help. Our world is losing hope. There is growing uncertainty. There is growing fear for the future. Most of the first apostles ended up as martyrs for the cause of the Gospel. We may not be likewise called, but may we bind together to frenetically bring the saving news of Jesus to as many as possible.