Main Dish | Devotion #1: Sides
Kyle Wendel | Children & Student’s Director
Everyone loves a good side to complement their dinner. What are your favorite sides? There are so many from which to choose. There are soups, salad, vegetables, rice, fruit, and loaves of bread. Personally, I love any kind of bread. Instead of having a salad with dinner, I would rather take a double or triple serving of rolls. Rolls of any kind trump all sides. Have you ever had so many rolls or sides that you were full before you even got to the main dish? I know I have. Then there is the moment where you eat about two bites of the main dish and you are done.
I think we do this too often spiritually as well. Too often we get so caught up in the sides of this life and not the main dish. Jesus is our main dish. He should be our main focus. However, we fill ourselves with the things of this world, and by the time we come to the main dish, Jesus, we are full. We have no room left. We spend so much time on everything else that we have left no time for Jesus.
Sides, in a sense, do not have the same amount of nutrients that you need that the main dish does. Spiritually it is the same. There is nothing this world can give you that will give you even close to the same amount of spiritual nutrients that Jesus can. So why do we spend so much time on the sides of this world and not Jesus?
In 1 Corinthians 6:12, Paul says, “All things are lawful for me, but not all things are helpful.” Paul says that things in this world can be okay for us to do. It is okay to love sports, it is okay to love your job, and it is okay to enjoy these things. However, that does not mean that everything is good for you. I love sports, but sports cannot become the main dish in my life. I will not be filling myself with the nutrients I truly need. We need to be filled spiritually with Christ alone. We cannot fill that void with other sides. We will always be trying to get the nutrients we need from Jesus from these other sides, and we will never get them. It is okay to enjoy these things, but if they take the place of the main dish, we will be in trouble.
Colossians 3:1-2 says, “If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.”
Colossians 3:17 adds, “And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”
Colossians chapter 3 tells us to seek the things that are above. If we seek the things of God, we are seeking what is truly helpful to us. We should focus on Jesus through everything. Our sides should always be pointing and complementing our main dish. Do not try to mix sides that do not go with Christ. Keep your minds set on Him and His truth, love, and grace. Do not try to make something the main dish that should never be in His place. God needs to be the number one priority and thought in our lives daily. If that happens, we will be filling ourselves up with the spiritual nutrients that come from God alone.
What are some things that you put in place of God in your life?
How can you make sure to keep that from happening?
How can you keep Jesus as your main dish?