February 03, 2010

Feed my Sheep


I heard this story last night - at least a version of it...

A man was visiting a family with two young children. The children looked gaunt
and sickly - like they were starving. The man said to the children "Oh my, you
look hungry."

The older child replied, "We are sir, so hungry."

"Here, let me give you some money to buy food."

"Oh, we don't
need money, sir. We have plenty of money."

"Well, then why are you
hungry?"

"My mom is just busy. She has to clean the house, and she has
Bible study that she teaches on Tuesday nights that she has to study for. And
then she has to drive us to piano lessons and soccer practice. Daddy gets home
and needs her attention and sometimes we have company and we have to do our
school work. She needs time to herself, too...for crafts and blogging. Mom just
doesn't have time to feed us."

"What?! That's ridiculous! What about
your father?"

"Oh, well, my father is a deacon at church. He works
everyday and then when he comes home he watches a little T.V. to relax. Plus, he
is busy at the church almost every night of the week. He has Bible study and
then the church soccer league. They practice and have games. You know, a lot of
people come to him for counseling and that takes up his time. When he is not
busy with all of that, he likes to play video games. So, we just don't get fed."

"What do you eat?"

"Sometimes my Sunday School teacher gives us
food. But it is only a snack and doesn't really fill us up. I wish we could eat
every day. Mom says that we will eat more when we get older and learn to feed
ourselves."

Aghast, the man shook his head. He gave the children a
little food. Oh, it made them so happy and they enjoyed the taste so much. They
wanted more, but the man was only visiting. He left them and the children didn't
know when, or if they would ever eat again.

Isn't that a horrible story? The possibility of anyone starving their children - especially when it is in the power of parents to feed their little ones is beyond us. Capable and Rich, these parents neglected the feeding of their children.

It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. Matt 4:4

Aren't we doing the same thing when we neglect to feed our children's souls with God's Word? Our responsibility as parents is to TEACH our children God's Word.

You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates. Deuteronomy 6:7-9

The opportunity - the chance to do this is short.

Behold, the days come, saith the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD: And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the LORD, and shall not find it. Amos 8:11-12

I was stopped in my tracks with this story. What am I feeding my children? What appetites am I satisfying for them...because they are hungry for more than just food. I feed them entertainment. I feed them academics and art. I feed them nature and their competitive desires. I feed them relationships and skills. Good stuff. We glory in all of this. It's good and beautiful.

What does God say about it all?

And he said unto them, Ye are they which justify yourselves before men; but God knows your hearts: for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God. Luke 16:15

All flesh is as grass, And all the glory of man as the flower of the grass. The grass withers, And its flower falls away, But the word of the LORD endures forever. 1Peter 1:25

While we have a chance - let's feed our kids the stuff that will last...God's Word.

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