“Deny and Follow” – Dr. Bruce Branan

January 23, 2017

“If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow Me.” – Luke 9:23

My Sunday School class has been working our way through Acts this summer, and I’ve noticed how often fasting and prayer are mentioned together.  In Acts 13 we find the church praying and fasting, and during such an occasion the Holy Spirit speaks to them, telling them to set apart Barnabas and Saul.   Afterwards what do they do?  They pray and fast even more!

This has me thinking about how I view food, and whether I am being a good steward of all God has entrusted to me (even the food that I take for granted).  The meaning of stewardship is often considered from the aspect of what one gives (money), but the larger meaning is how one uses everything that God has entrusted to us.  We are called to fast (Matthew 17:21) so there must be a place for the denial of food in a Christian’s life as part of how he/she uses the food God has supplied.  By constantly taking in and never considering hunger and our total dependence on the Lord, or allowing God to speak to us in those moments, is not good stewardship.  I believe it makes us weaker Christians, not stronger.  

CORNERSTONE:  Stewardship

- Bruce Branan, Professor of Chemistry

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