WOFCF Bible Explosion
Crumbs and Empty Shelves
Point #1 Do We Even Know When He’s in Town? (Read John 12:12-19)
One of the reasons the Pharisees were upset at the parade in John 12 is because it disturbed their religious services inside the temple. Do you see the guy on the little donkey? They missed the hour of their visitation. The Messiah passed right by their door while they were inside praying for Him to come. The problem was that He didn’t come in the manner in which they expected Him to come. They didn’t recognize Him. Had Jesus come on the back of a prancing white stallion, or in a royal chariot of gold with elite soldiers ahead of Him, the Pharisees and priests would have said, “That might be Him.” Unfortunately, they were more interested in seeing the Messiah throw off the yoke of Roman bondage than in throwing off the spiritual bondage that had become a burden on their land and people.
We need His presence. We need to decide that whatever it takes and wherever it comes from, we must have Him. And He wants to come--on His terms, not ours. Until then, the absence of “awesomeness” will be hindered in the Body of Christ, the Church. We can be inside praying for Him to come while He passes by outside. Worse than that, “insiders” miss Him while the “outsiders” march with Him!
Point #2 Contented With Crumbs in the Carpet? (Mt. 23:13, Ruth 1:6-22)
There is much more of God available than we have ever known or imagined, but we have become so satisfied with where we are and what we have that we don’t press in for God’s best.
Read Mt 23:13…It is bad enough when some of us refuse to “go in” ourselves, but God is not pleased when we stand at the “door” and refuse to let others in either! We have figuratively “stood at the door” by the way we have done things, and have barred the lost and hungry from entering in.
There is “bread” in God’s house once again. This generation, like Ruth (a picture of the unchurched unsaved), is about to sidle up to Naomi (a picture of a prodigal) to say, “If you heard there is really bread there, then I’m going with you. Wherever you go, I’ll go. Your people will be my people, and you God will be my God” (Ruth 1:16).
Point #3 Ye Have Not Because…(Read James 4:2 & Psalms 37:25)
Compared to what God wants to do, we’re digging for crumbs in the carpet when He has hot loaves baking in the ovens of Heaven! He is not the God of crumbs and lack. He is waiting just to dispense unending loaves of His life-giving presence. We need to understand that what we have, where we are, and what we are doing is small compared to what He wants to do among and through us.
Many people mistake inner hunger for the need of some kind of natural satisfaction. The emptiness we feel inside should drive us closer to the only One who can truly satisfy. When your soul is hungry, what do you tend to fill it up with?
Are you hungry for more of God? Be happy! Jesus said in Matthew 5:6 that you are blessed…happy and to be envied…if you are hungry! He loves to satisfy the hungry heart with His presence. Are you hungry for a deeper relationship with Him? How is that hunger evident in your daily life?