"For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the basic principles of the oracles of God. You need milk, not solid food, for everyone who lives on milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, since he is a child. But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil."
I had it all figured out. I hypothesized exactly how it would go the first day.
I would have about 12 to 15 students walk in, eager and excited to learn about the Old Testament. They would have a general knowledge of the Bible, since we live in the "Bible Belt", right? This was the reality: class started at 1:30 pm. By 1:35, students started trickling in, all appearing very unamused to be there. As class began, I opened by asking them what their favorite books of the Bible were, who were their favorite Bible heroes and villains, and so on... but only silence answered me. Puzzled by the lack of momentum our discussion had, I asked them, "Ok, so this is a Christian course; I can ask this: How many of you are Christian?" Silence followed once again. Finally, someone boldly raised their hand and asked, "What's a Christian?"
I was baffled, but at the same time not surprised. In that moment I thought, "Wow, I've got a lot of work to do! I've got to rethink everything here." I was anticipating soft spoken reformed theologians to enter the classroom that were waiting to be fed spiritual steak, that only I could offer them, of course (sarcasm)! Yet, what the Lord gave me were lost and naive sheep. The dilemma facing me was this: how deep do I go? What do I cover and what do I skim, since this is an Old Testament Survey course?
Last month we started our new preaching series on Nehemiah. In Nehemiah 2, Nehemiah gathers around some of the people living in Jerusalem and says, "Come on guys, let's do this! We can rebuild the wall! Let's rise up to build. For the good hand of my God was upon me, the God of heaven will make us prosper." (Nehemiah 2:8-20)
Do we act like God's Word is feeding us today? We've all heard the phrase, "You are what you eat."
Do we thirst for and feed on God's Word? Are we transformed by it? Over the past two months I've had the privilege to be an Adjunct Professor at Co-Lin Community College in Natchez. It has been a joy, delight, and challenge to teach these students the value of God's Word. I am teaching the "milk" of God's Word, but also transforming it into the "solid food" we need - a nice juicy steak! A hamburger! Whatever solid food you like to indulge in! It's also a joy to teach God's people at New Covenant
the same way every opportunity God grants me.
I challenge us this month to treat God's Word as your life source and nourishment. God's Word is much more than a hobby or an occasional read. It's the fuel we need each and every day. Joshua 1 reminds us that we are to "recite God's Word day and night so that you may carefully observe everything written in it. For then you will prosper and succeed in whatever you do."
Is it time to change your diet? Let's do that together at New Covenant!
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