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What’s for Dinner? By Cleo Dailey III (Modernday Lazurus)

“Therefore, my beloved, just as you have always obeyed, not only in my presence,

but now even more in my absence, continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling.” – Philippians 2:12

Cleo Dailey, III (Modern-day Lazurus)

I will admit it. I absolutely love leftovers! There is no other joy than going to a family gathering, scouting all of the goods, and knowing that I shall leave with the “spoils”. I love that feeling I get in my belly knowing that I won’t have to cook for at least a few days.

There is only one problem…

So many times, we treat the preached Word of God like those leftovers…we triumph in stories that we know, ignoring the fresh zeal and new insight God can give us. God is a FRESH God. The Word of God is constantly being revealed; this in context means that God’s Word will never be a leftover. It will always be a brand new meal. The problem is our pallets…

If you only went into your kitchen looking for leftovers, you would only eat with a “beggar’s mentality”…always looking for someone else to so the work; always waiting for someone else to have gone in and carved it. The truth is that God is not only the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob…He is the God of Cleo, you, and your children. He is a NOW God! God has always spoken directly to His people, and He still speaks today. You have to do something, though, and this is often where we lose our “amens”. You see, your salvation is your responsibility. It is not up to the pastor, the Bishop, the choir director, or your parents. You must fix your OWN PLATE!

Remember, that when you go to church, you are getting a Word that the minister has lived first. That, therefore makes it a leftover dish. And while it is a wonderfully decadent meal, it is truly the equivalent of not cooking for days. Every day we need the Word of God for ourselves. You must commune (have fellowship with, speak to and listen) with the Father daily to learn how to cook. Once you do that, in the spirit your kitchen will start smelling really good. And, furthermore, you won’t just be taking from the service, but rather adding to it. Let’s eat!

-Modernday Lazurus