WHAT FOOD DO WE EAT? (II)
Paul and his associates were true to their calling as servants of Christ. First, they were serving in “sincerity” (i.e. with pure motives). The proof of this was how they handled the Word of God. They preached faithfully according to the Word and refused to “sugar-coat” the scriptures to defraud God’s people. They were committed to speaking the truth because they knew they were sent by God and thus were accountable to Him. Thus, they spoke the whole counsel of God even if it meant that it might not be well-received by some. They also lived out the Word of God. These are the marks of one who is truly called of God to be a messenger of His Word.
The problem of false messengers was not new. Israel was plagued with false prophets throughout her history before her dispersion. In order to boost their popularity and elicit gain, the prophets preached false messages of health, wealth and prosperity to the people. They refused to rebuke the people for their sin, neither did they warn of the judgments of God. Concerning these prophets, the Lord said, “I have not sent these prophets, yet they ran: I have not spoken to them, yet they prophesied” (Jer 23:21).
Sadly, the nation of Israel did not reject such prophets but embraced them. Jeremiah 5:31 is a sad indictment of the Jews: “The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests bear rule by their means; and my people love to have it so: and what will ye do in the end thereof?” They loved food that was tainted with poison!
Similarly, the church at Corinth ought to have noticed the difference in the message of Paul and that of the false messengers. However, they allowed themselves to be swayed by the false messengers. That ought not to be. In application, if we are stringent with our physical food, we must be even more so with our spiritual food. We must guard our hearts that we may love to digest the truth and not that which is false. Our food matters. Let us be mindful of what we eat.
THOUGHT: Read Proverbs 19:27.
PRAYER: Father, may Thy pure Word be always preached.