2 Timothy 3:16-17
All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.
Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good; Blessed is the man who trusts in Him!
Do I have any foodies in the audience this morning? And by foodies I mean those of us that love great food in exquisite locations. Well, I readily admit - I’m guilty as charged.
I love dining at quaint restaurants with delicious cuisines and hypnotizing atmospheres. I go through great lengths to locate those establishments that provide excellent service, soft soothing music, superior quality meats and classy patrons. I seek out the top rated dining experiences and refuse to settle for less than the best. I like high culture expectations. I like class! Yes, I’m a culinary snob!
But, can I tell you a secret? Every now and then, I get a craving deep down inside for a good old Jimmy Buff hotdog! That’s right. With all my culinary snobbery, there are times when I will dispense with all the dining finery, ambience, cultural correctness and so-called class and get down with something simply because it satisfies. As much as I love dining in; every once in a while, the best meal is takeout.
I’d like us to focus this morning on the 2nd Epistle to Timothy, and that portion of it that declares, “All scripture is given by inspiration of God”. And I pause here specifically because it seems more and more that today’s culture is designed to war against the dictates of God in favor for the whims of humankind. What I’m hearing is a doctrine that is suggesting church is the only place God works. He is not relevant in the school system, home, workplace or social life. And I’m not simply referring to non-believers.
Current Christian theology would have us believe that the laws handed down from heaven to Moses and the children of Israel were incorrect and not credible. The doctrine of Grace and Truth has been touted as a replacement for the sovereign design of God and a “better” interpretation of his truest intent.
But those of us that understand the blessedness of the grace and favor we have found in Christ also understand that our inclusion in the family of faith is the result of a mercy so great that no mind can comprehend or imagination conceive it. We are saved solely based on the grace (pardon) of our confessed sins in conjunction with our faith in Jesus Christ. God’s edicts are still holy. His musing is still righteous. Though we fail him moment to moment, our failures don’t diminish his glory: if anything, they accentuate it.
And it is with this mindset that I challenge us today to move beyond this modern fallacy to limit our worship to the wall of our churches. I admit that we have spent an inordinate amount of time and countless sums of money transforming buildings, places and spaces into temples, synagogues, mosques, and churches. And there is absolutely nothing wrong with dedicating these locations as specific areas of worship. But where I take exception is when we make them the only place we worship.
There are some that would like to promote the idea that what happens in church ought to stay in church. God forbid. Sadly, some Christians are content to live one principle at home and another on Sunday. This my brothers and sisters is the very threat Paul was warning Timothy to avoid.
Dear Children of God, as we enter into the house of prayer today, looking for manna from heaven to feed our hungry souls, I would admonish each of us to not only eat from the table of the Lord today, but make sure we take leftovers! Wrap up everything the Lord provides for you and don’t leave without the blessedness of the sacred meat of the word. Savor every bite. Ingest his anointing. Digest his power. And after we’ve gone home and you find you need him in the middle of the night, remember: The Lord does takeout!