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11/11/2009

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Where's The Beef?


"But solid food is for the mature, who have by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil" (Heb, 5:14).

In 1984 Clara Peller got her "15 minutes of fame." The then diminutive 83 year old woman uttered those famous words in a Wendy's commercial...."Where's the beef?" I am sure that you heard many people repeat that phrase again and again during that time. In continuing the thoughts about "milk and meat" from yesterday, lets reflect on the meat...For you vegetarians out there, the solid food. If we back up from today's verse in the book of Hebrews, we find the writer chastising these people because they are "slow to learn" (V 11). The writer goes on to say, "Though by now you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the elementary truths of God's Word all over again" (V 12). We get to the heart of the matter in the next verse..."You need milk, not solid food! Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness."

It seems like the next step from milk is about continuing to grow in knowledge, so that growth in righteousness can take place. Peter admonishes, "But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ" (2 Pet.3:18). As Christians grow through of their knowledge of God, they attempt to mold their behavior according to His will. Peter tells us that, "because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in His steps" (1Pet. 2:21). Jesus left us the perfect example for Christian living. As we emulate Him in word and deed, we are able to take bold steps toward righteousness.

When the apostle Paul wrote to the Corinthians in chapter three, he was disappointed that they were still on milk and not solid food. They bickered with each other about everything from who taught them (Paul, Apollos or Cephas) to who's gifts were greater. They seemed to forget that they were supposed to be fellow-workers, moving toward the same goal. There are wonderful lessons here for us. In its most simplistic terms, solid food is all about Godly living. Those that are admonished here just did not gain enough knowledge to live Godly lives. How can one live a Godly life and strive toward righteousness if they don't know how?

As a teacher, I tried to prepare my students for each test that they took, presenting them with everything they needed to do well. Our lives are a series of tests, each of which is passable if we gain the proper knowledge....There's the beef....

Have a great day..Let your light shine for Him... Love mark Phil. 4:11

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