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Stop Spoon Feeding

Here is another post that I originally wrote for Kidmin1124.com. I hope you enjoy it.

There is a lot of talk these days about how often children’s workers should attend the adult worship service. The idea is that children’s workers need to be fed too. In concept I agree with that, but I am not convinced that attended the adult worship service is required for children’s workers to be fed.

I am not down playing the value of attending a worship service. I simply believe that children’s workers should be able to feed themselves.

1 Corinthians 13:11 says, “When I was a child,I talked like a child,I thought like a child,I reasoned like a child. When I became a man,I put the ways of childhood behind me.”

When I was a child people taught me about the Bible. That was great for where I was at that time in my life, however, as this verse points out, when we progress from childhood to adulthood, we are to put the ways of childhood behind us.

Hebrews 5:12-14 says, “In fact, though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the elementary truths of God’s word all over again. You need milk, not solid food! Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness. But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil.”

This passage tells us that as teachers we should be on solid food, not milk. The implication of this verse is that milk is what infants eat. Infants can not feed themselves, but need to be fed. So, when we say that children’s workers need to be fed, then are we not comparing them to infants? This passage in Hebrews seems pretty clear that teachers should be self feeders.

Now, please understand that I am not dismissing the importance of attending worship. However, I think that the value in it has more to do with ATTENDING, and less to do with being fed. I think that it is so refueling because it gives us a chance to just attend and not have any responsibilities.

As for being fed, if we are to be teachers, then we need to be able to feed ourselves. Consider what would happen if we only fed our body once a week. It might be able to survive, but it would be weak and would have a serious lack of energy. We wouldn’t even consider this for our bodies, but this is what we suggest for our spirit. We need to get to a point where we are feeding our spirit daily, even multiple times in a day.

What are your daiy or weekly habits for feeding yourself?

Matt Norman

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I am a Christian, husband, father, pastor, church planter, nurse, and freelance writer.

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