Milked or Fed?

When a noted preacher visited a farmer who was a member of the church, as they looked over the farm, the preacher noted how well the cattle looked and how productive they were. It was then the farmer gave the preacher a good lesson. He said, “Well, that’s because they’re well fed, preacher.

You see, a cow only gives when she gets. You’ve got to remember that a cow has two ends and it’s always true that she won’t produce if she don’t eat.” He then concluded by saying, “That’s really what is wrong with the church.

All we are doing is being milked but not fed.” Aside from the numerous appeals of many “brotherhood” promotions, the same may be said about a lot of local churches. Inept, weak teaching in classes, compromising preaching in many pulpits, timidity in dealing with sin and error will cause a church to be so truly weak it will not be productive.

Money is an important matter, but when we are asked to give, give, give, and get nothing in return, like the cow, we will die. On the positive side, a lack of firm exhortation and encouragement from the pulpit or from the classroom teacher devastates a church. It will eventually sap the life from it.

There has to be a balance in everything that the church is fed. Bigness is far too often equated with production in the church.

Nothing is further from the truth. Catholicism answers the false assumption that big and right go hand in hand. Where there is good solid gospel food for Christians, there will be first real spiritual growth, then there will be the production God approves. All this reminds one of God’s denunciation of His favored nation. “Behold the days come saith the Lord God, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the Lord” (Amos 8:11).

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