I have found that it is important to feed myself. There are two components when I think of feeding myself. The fist is physically and the second is spiritually. It is important for every Christian to do both because if they don’t they will die. As a missionary it can be a very lonely on the field and, as I am finding out, on deputation. If one does not have a specific plan for feeding yourself physically or spiritually than you may have problems. No plan for feeding yourself physically might mean that you end up eating taco bell bean burritos for a couple of day’s straight. No plan for feeding yourself spiritually you will likely find yourself struggling with temptations and wondering why you are struggling.
Cheese Stuffed, Bacon Wrapped, BBQ Meatballs
Feeding Myself Physically: On deputation I have been trying to eat well. This means limiting the amount of fast food and taking every opportunity to eat a good home cooked meal. I have enjoyed many good meals all over the United States during deputation. When I get a chance to cook I enjoy making some good food. If food looks good it normally tastes even better. As much as you have to feed yourself physically I am reminded of the necessity of feeding yourself spiritually. Jesus actually tells his disciples that doing the will of God will help with even our physical hunger.
John 4:34 “Jesus said to them, ‘My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to accomplish his work'”
Spinach and Cheese Lasagna Roles
Feeding Myself Spiritually: On deputation I do not have a routine which helps me in my spiritual walk. The events of each day change so much that the lack of a routine is now normal. As deputation has gone on I have found myself working to feed myself spiritually. This has led me to think about categories that I try and practice. I do not think that a perfect score in a category means that I am doing well spiritually but consistent practice in each category would generally indicate that I am doing well spiritually.
Prayer – Corporate and Private Prayer. Petitioner and Thanksgiving Prayers. Planned and Impromptu Prayer. All types of prayer is important and a necessity for feeding yourself. My planned times of prayer are normally found while I am driving or hiking. Impromptu prayers are a part of normal every day life.
James 5:16 “Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.”
Scripture – Personal Devotions. Memorization. Deep Study on a passage or theological topic. Being in the scriptures regularly yourself is very important. We need to be exposing ourselves to the life changing word of God at all times. I enjoy listening to the scriptures as I drive all over the country. As I write this I am convicted that I have not done as good a job memorizing the scriptures as I should.
Joshua 1:8 “This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.”
Discipleship – Being Discipled and Discipling others is at the core of what Jesus modeled and taught. Discipleship will not only encourage you as the disciplee but also as the discipler. Listen to Paul talk about discipleship in 1 Thessalonians.
1 Thessalonians 1:6-7 “And you became imitators of us and of the Lord, for you received the word in much affliction, with the joy of the Holy Spirit, so that you became an example to all of the believers in Macedonia and in Achaia.”
Preaching – I have been trained in the study and preaching of the word at The Masters Seminary but there are preachers who I listen to on a regular basis. Some of those who I really enjoy are Eric Davis, Matt Chandler, Adam Tyson, Jack Hughes, Chris Mueller, and Scott Ardavanis.
Nehemiah 8:8 “They read from the book, from the Law of God, clearly, and they gave the sense, so that people understood the reading.”