The Food of the Father

By: Darren Handy

Luke 15:17

But when he came to his senses, he said, “How many of my father’s hired men have more than enough bread, but I am dying here with hunger!”

 

There is a young man, “Mike,” who was new to Christians in Commerce last November. He came to CIC after meeting a brother walking around their neighborhood. He attended a Wednesday morning meeting, a Challenge Group meeting that evening and attended his first Challenge Weekend two days later.

When Mike first attended, he was not working, but waiting for a position that had been promised to him once opened. He admitted there were changes needed in his life. In his desire to live to please God, he made some difficult choices in his family life and personal relationships. He was wondering why the job was taking longer to become available than he had first been told. Circumstances had become stressful; Mike became frustrated. He would miss meetings or avoid calls from the brothers. When brothers were able to make contact with Mike, they continued to encourage him to read his Bible, pray and listen to God. In conversations with Mike, he would tell me that CIC had made a difference for him. Previously, he knew of God, but now he was beginning to know God and to learn that he had to make a difference in the lives of others by example.

The job that he waited for did not materialized, but he was offered another position with a different company. In his interview, Mike explained that he was the right person for the job in part because of Christians in Commerce. His boss asked about CIC, and Mike explained that it is a workplace ministry that encourages its members to be Christ in their areas at work. He went on to say that CIC has been instrumental in his making some hard choices to change some behaviors that were not pleasing to God. He also talked to his boss about needing to adjust his start time on Wednesday mornings in order to make the CIC meetings. His boss agreed and has shown interest in attending a meeting himself. It was as though Mike had come to his senses and desired “the food of the Father”!

 

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