“THE RIGHT DIET”
“Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.” (Acts 20:28)
Seldom can you turn on your TV without seeing a commercial advertising some type of diet helps, be it pills, foods, methods or equipment. These items are supposed to work wonders with your ability to lose excess weight and have a firmer more youthful body. Multiplied millions of dollars are spent each year by consumers; sometimes the results are good, but more often they are not. Former President Obama’s wife's involvement with the theme of the right diet for children caused some of the “fast food” eateries to publicly become disgruntled with her recommendations. I believe it is important that we have a balanced diet with food groups that will be filled with the nutrition needed for a healthy body.
The church is responsible for creating a healthy diet for the flock, i.e., the congregation. “Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind.” (I Peter 5:2) When Christians do not eat the right kind of food, you can be sure they will not grow right. “As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby.” (I Peter 2:2) It is imperative that young Christians be fed with food that they can digest and cause proper growth. It is the responsibility of the pastor and church leaders to ensure the designed curriculum be as such that would promote proper spiritual growth. Therefore, a right diet of God’s Word is mandatory for every stage of spiritual growth. “For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat.” (Heb 5:12)
Christians differ greatly as to their ability to digest certain Bible doctrines. A newborn is dependent on milk because it is easy for an infant’s digestive system to accept. The new Christian is similar when it comes to digesting Bible teaching, as we have seen previously. . .they are to “desire the sincere milk of the word, that they may grow thereby.” The church leaders must recognize the fact that everyone is not on the same spiritual level. Therefore, we cannot feed all the flock with milk. More mature Christians will crave, i.e. “desire,” meat . . . . They become interested in the systematic teaching of God’s Word. They want and need to know some deeper doctrines or their growth will be stunted. This is the reason why we must make sure everyone is on the right diet.Pastor H. Preston Parker