“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled” (Matthew 5:6, NLT)
Growing up my mother would cook dinner and then yell, “Hey, it’s time to eat!” My sister and I would come running to the table. Hopeful. But not long after, we would see what was being served and on my sister’s face would be a look of total disgust. She never seemed to like our mother’s cooking. My mother would say, “Sit down and eat your food!” I would hold my nose and wolf it down before I could taste it. To me, it wasn’t my favorite, but it was edible. To my sister, on the other hand, this wasn’t what she wanted for dinner and she refused to eat it. Hours would go by and she would still be at the table. “Please eat” I would tell her. Her food would be cold and hard, and so was her facial expression. After a long stand off, my mother would just let her go to bed…hungry.
Aren’t we much the same? We have the Christians that eat whatever God serves from whomever He serves it. Sure, it may not be their favorite, but it’s edible. Then you have those who are stubborn and not easily persuaded. If it’s not their favorite singer, they don’t clap. If it’s not their favorite preacher, they don’t say amen. If it’s not their favorite, they don’t respond.
I believe God wants us to be like the first group. Where we come to Him hungry, not caring how He feeds us or who He uses to fill us. We just want to be filled. Let God create in you a heart and attitude that can receive from anyone He chooses to use and that can learn from anyone. It may not be your favorite, but it’s edible.
Prayer: Lord forgive me for being so stubborn. I know I need to be filled by you, but I have my favorites. Create in me a clean heart and renew a right spirit in me. Help me humble myself and have a more receptive attitude. I love you and I receive your great love for me. In Jesus name, Amen.