The previous owner said, “Make sure you feed him this brand of dog food, or it’ll be bad.”
Later at the store I almost fell over, “Fourteen bucks for five pounds! I could buy pork steak cheaper.” A clerk then showed me a thirty-pound bag for forty bucks.
I carefully measured a precious portion in front of the dog. He spent the day sniffing under my table, but not eating what I’d sacrificed my pork steak for.
I told the pooch, “You’re going to eat that.”
I instructed the family not to feed him one table scrap. Two days later, he eats.
Did you know that the fur, skin, teeth, and even temperament of a dog are affected by what you feed them? So…are not even our pets worth the good stuff?
If I don’t feed my dog right, he’ll get hot-spot rashes and smell horrible. If I don’t eat right spiritually I’ll make rash decisions, be cranky with my kids, and I’ll contaminate my relationships because of selfish sin.
God’s richest food for us is free, but isn’t cheap. For us to have the fruit of the Spirit, God gave it all. We can drink from waters of grace bought by the blood of Christ so we don’t have to go to the eternal hot-spot. We eat the bread of heaven by knowing God.
Our flesh will naturally crave worldly table-scraps of sin. In this battle, be good to yourself by asking God to help you crave the holy. God feeds his kids well. He places a table of eternal satisfaction before us: It’s the life that Christ died for you to live.
God believed you were totally worth it.