Filling up On The Finger Foods

Fillin Up On Finger Foods

(follow up to"The House That Stands: The Kitchen") 



Do you find your faith unsatisfying? Like maybe it's not really adding anything helpful to your life, or you simply find yourself without energy when life's storms hit? You may be filling up on the finger foods.


Finger foods are good, but they aren't meant to be the meal. The same is true of religion and our religious traditions and functions.


In this series we're relating our lives to a house and trying to picture what our lives would look like as houses.


When building a metaphorical "house that stands" the kitchen's important and what we stock it with is even more important.


One of the mistakes Christians often make is filling up on the finger foods. God invites us to "taste and see that the LORD is good" but for many of us, that's all we take, just a taste. That's like filling up on the chips and salsa before the enchiladas arrive. As good as the salsa is it wasn't meant to fill you.


Religion is like that. As good as it is and as much as we may enjoy the traditions and rituals of our faith, they are meant as an hor dourve, a finger food that precedes a meal, not the meal itself.


If you were trying to live on chips and salsa eventually your body would find ways to let you know it's not doing well, that it needed more. Our spirit is like that too. Often we think "religion" is not working for us but the truth is many times we're simply not using it right.


If after years of walking with God "religion" is all you have, you may be filling up on the finger foods and missing the meal. It may be time to stock the fridge with something a little more substantial.


by Michael Holmes

Lead Pastor