For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul  and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. Hebrews 4:12

SAWDUST LIVING; THERE is a story told about a village which was infested with rats. The people tried everything they knew to rid themselves of them but did not have any success until one day. They put a pile of sawdust at both ends of the road into the village. At nights the rats would come out and feed and feed on the sawdust. Instead of disappearing the rats Grew Bigger and Bigger. Looked like they were on steroids! Night after night this continued until one day there were no more rats- not one left. They all died. For you see there is no NUTRITION in sawdust and they all died of MALNUTRITION! They had the appearance of health but what they were eating was useless and of no benefit what so ever to their well being.

ALL AROUND us people are feeding their souls on things that cannot satisfy or prosper their souls and they are dying of spiritual malnutrition. Christians, likewise in our day of apathy, indifference and spiritual laziness we are feeding on second hand sermons, getting their views of Christianity often from “Christian” music, whose words often are based more on feelings than Sound Teaching, and they live roller coaster lives, at the mercy of circumstances, “ever changing feelings” and are like little children tossed around by every wind of doctrine as Ephesians 4:14 says. Our Bibles are barely opened, due to our busyness and not only are we suffering because of our lack of maturity but those whom we come in contact with fail to benefit due to our inappropriate feeding at the foot of the TV, Wall Street and anywhere but where we can be spiritually fed, and instructed, namely God’s Word. MALNOURISHED BELIEVERS; And though many of us and some of our churches are busy, yet some are spiritual impoverished from the pulpit to the pew, because we have been feeding on “SAWDUST” during the week.

The appearance of spiritual health on a Sunday morning is betrayed by our priorities and pursuits from Monday to Saturday. Some of us are MALNOURISHED and we turn to entertainment in our congregations because we cannot take in a Healthy dose of God’s Word. Our services are short on the Word and much on announcements and entertainment. Jokes, and dramas and “friendly seeking churches” abound. Anything not to offend. Indeed anything to try and numb the void of our True Need for Nutrition for our souls, which God supplies in Himself and through His Word. We are Hungering needlessly, but too often we deceive ourselves into thinking we are fine! We are told there will be a famine in the land, not of physical but for the Word of God. We have book stores, radio stations doing good through making available good books to read, programs to listen to but there is a disconnect, often it is in not applying the Word. In some cases we are so self sufficient we “feel” we do not need the Scriptures to lead and guide us, we are quite “comfortable” in our own selves to trust and guide us!

God’s Word is Given in part to

  • MAKE US WISE TO EVANGELIZE 2 Timothy 3:15- “and that from childhood you have known the sacred writings which are able to give you the wisdom that leads to salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.”
  • MAKE US WISE FOR EDIFICATION –2 Timothy 3:16 – “All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness;…”
  • EQUIP US FOR EVERY GOOD WORK – – 2 Timothy 3:17 – “…so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.”
  • EQUIP US TO EXALT GOD – 1 Peter 4:10-11 – “…As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. 11 Whoever speaks, is to do so as one who is speaking the utterances of God; whoever serves is to do so as one who is serving  by the strength which God supplies; so that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belongs the glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.”- {1 Peter 4:9-11}.