Is there meat in the house of the Lord today? Is it time for inspection?
John 21:5 – Then Jesus saith unto them, Children, have ye any meat? They answered him, No.
When we speak of meat as it is presented in our Text for Today, it is talking about more than having natural meat on your table at meal time. Yes, in the context of our Text for Today, Jesus was greeting seven of His disciples in the early morning after they had fished all night and taken nothing. The question Jesus asked, in the broader sense, was inquiring as to whether they had any success in fishing. And of course, we know the answer. It was, “No.” And by reading the contextual setting, we see that Jesus already had a fire built, and had bread and fish for them when they came ashore. In that imagery alone, a dynamic truth is revealed. Though you may not be able to put meat (natural and/or spiritual) on the table, by looking to the Lord, you can be assured of being well supplied, spirit, soul, and body.
An oft quoted Scripture is Matthew 6:33. The “these things” mentioned in that verse is “food, clothes, and shelter.” God has promised us that if we would put Him first, seek Him first, we would never lack food, clothes, or shelter. That is a promise to the individual covenant believer, and it is likewise a promise to the body of Christ, not only at the collective level, but I believe also at the local church level. And at the church level, both collective and local, the “food” issue is a matter of spiritual food that is provided to the body of Christ. Then when we look at the tithing issue as addressed in Malachi 3, we see clearly that it is surely the will of Father that there be “meat” in His house.
At this point we come to the question of the day, “Children, have ye any meat?” And I offer this question, not concerning the natural food you have on your table in your home, but to the issue of having meat to serve in the church, locally and at-large. At this time in my ministry, my bride and I travel internationally, and in the period of a year have the privilege of being in many churches. Please pay close attention to the fact that I am NOT referring to the message brought from the pulpit, though that can be an issue. I am referring, rather, to what I see in the body of Christ. Like the Apostle Paul, I see many people who need “milk” when they should be desirous of “meat;” meat that belongs to those “who are of full age.” This is for your personal consideration – what is your spiritual age factor?
Manna for Today – John 21:1-14; Malachi 3:6-12; Hebrews 5:12-14; 2 Kings 4:1-7; Matthew 6:25-34