It is sometimes said that you can survive on a diet made up only of potatoes and milk, but you have to eat a lot of them!
I suspect that this is an urban myth – it certainly isn’t very appealing! – but in the picture that Bob brought on Sunday, God asked us whether we are doing exactly that in our spiritual lives.
He offers us a rich diet of good things in our journey together (Jeremiah 29:11). He promises to nourish us as He leads us beside still waters (Psalm 23:2). He encourages us to dig deeper and move from milk to solid food (Hebrews 5:13).
But too often we prefer to stay with what we know; we are reluctant to follow on fresh adventures; to cast our nets on the other side.
Over the next few months we will see significant changes in the life of the church. As we met as Elders on Saturday we sensed God calling us to new ways of doing things that will mean giving up patterns that we have grown familiar with. (More on this at the AGM on 2nd February).
This means that we will all face choices as we go forward. Choices that will test whether I am hungry for God and passionate for the lost. And that will sometimes be painful. On Sunday Damien pointed out that there is always pain in seasons of change. Let’s resolve to be pruned for fruitfulness not cut off as dead branches (John 15:2).
God has promised us a vast haul of fish if we will obey His command and fish in His way. We have already seen the beginnings of His fulfilment of this, let’s not miss His best by demanding more potatoes!
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