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"Spiritual Meals are Included"

July 22, 2005

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My God will meet all your needs according to His glorious riches in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19

A man who had booked passage on a ship sailing for England did a foolish and unnecessary thing. Thinking that he could not afford to pay for the meals in the ship’s dining room, he had taken along a suitcase full of canned food. At meal times, when his cabin mate found him eating from his suitcase, he said, “You foolish man! Don’t you know that the meals are included in the price of your ticket?”

Jesus Christ paid the price of our redemption. His salvation is total. The one price He paid is all-inclusive. It not only effected our release from sin, the fear of death, and the power of the devil; it also assured us of free passage to heaven. Along with this our Lord also provides for the full sustenance of our faith while we are en route to eternal life. He gave us His Word, which is “spirit and life.” He instituted Holy Baptism and Holy Communion for the creation of faith and its preservation. It would be a foolish and futile thing to try to depend on man-made means to sustain spiritual life. The prophet asks: “Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labor on what does not satisfy?” (Isaiah 55:2).

Why try to rely on our own good works, wisdom, and resources, often at great cost to ourselves, to sustain the saving faith during life’s voyage to the heavenly shores? Why try to supply what we need when our Lord has provided for our spiritual sustenance fully and freely? Saint Paul assures the Philippians and us, “My God will meet all your needs according to His glorious riches in Christ Jesus.”

PRAYER: Thank You, Lord God for providing my daily food and drink, and for my Savior, Jesus, through whom I receive all my spiritual needs. Amen.

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Today's Bible Readings: Psalms 33, 43, 66    Philippians 1

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