Do you remember, in Scripture, when Jesus was approached by a Canaanite woman on behalf of her daughter? She asked for healing and the Lord seemed to give her a hard time. He even went as far as calling her a dog – the Hebrew term for a Gentile.
He didn’t do this to be mean, but to prove a point to His disciples. He wanted them to see how great her faith was regarding Christ.
Because she pressed in, her daughter ended up being healed. Look at the exchange between Christ and the woman.
He replied, “It is not right to take the children’s bread and toss it to their dogs.”
“Yes, Lord,” she said, “but even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters’ table.”
Then Jesus answered, “Woman, you have great faith! Your request is granted.” And her daughter was healed from that very hour.
There are some very important truths contained in this passage. First note that Jesus called healing the children’s bread. It’s right for the children to eat. God does not view healing as a privilege, but a necessity. I talk about healing in another series of posts.
What I want you to see at this point is that when Jesus walked the earth, Israel had an “all about us” attitude concerning the blessings of God. They were very selfish concerning the Word and the promises of God.
This is interesting since they wasted most of what they received. They rejected the ministry of Christ even though He was trying to lift them up to a greater walk with God.
It’s a principle we see played out over and over again. The simple fact is that children are very selfish with their food. I see it all the time.
Because of this, whenever we have a church dinner, we tell parents of small children to accompany them to the food table. Without parental control, a child will load his plate up with the food he likes without thought to whether there’s enough for others, or even if he’s able to finish it all. He just wants to see it all on his plate.
Many times we’re the same way in our walk with the Lord. We’re very selfish concerning the Word of God. We want every blessing of Scripture to be all about us. Then we’re like selfish children who play with their food and end up wasting most of it.
In the above passage, the world is illustrated as dogs that are hungry, and circling the table where the children are eating. They’re desperate. They’re coming from a place where there’s a famine of the Word of God. Even the crumbs of what we have will be satisfying to them.
It’s time for us to stop looking at everything as revolving around our own needs and wants. We must begin to see that our ministry is to those around us. We must start to receive the Word of God as mature saints.
Then be ready to minister this grace to the hungry world.
Question: What spiritual gifts do you possess that could help those around you?
© Nick Zaccardi 2014