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Beer In My Cornflakes

Beer In My Cornflakes

Davy is a homeless man with alcoholic problems. He has been arrested many times in several states for burglary, and has been in and out of jail for much of his life. Since the other inmates in my Bible class were delayed, Davy told me the story of his dysfunctional home life, starting in the third grade. “There was never any milk in my home,” Davy told me, “so I’d put beer in my cornflakes and survived as best I could”. He ended up becoming an alcoholic at a very young age, and his addiction wrecked his marriage and life and health.

Amazingly, Davy drinks the “milk” of God’s Word regularly, and carries his frayed Bible everywhere. He knows and talks about the stories of the Bible and about the saving love of Jesus. Sadly, he uses the life of Jesus and his disciples as his excuse for living on the street. He talks about how the disciples left their jobs to follow Jesus. He follows how Jesus chose to not have an earthly home and depended on the charity of others. He also loves to stand on street corners and preach the word of God to anyone who will listen and sing with him. He even likes talking to other homeless people about the love of Jesus

Sadly, Davy wants to continue his homeless ways. He does not “distinguish good from evil” and thinks burglary (to satisfy his alcoholic desires) is okay. Davy needs the milk of Jesus in his “spiritual cornflakes” and the solid food of God’s Word, to change his life. He has trouble with his eye sight and is now enjoying our jail Bible class. Here he can listen to more about the hope of Jesus. I pray that the Holy Spirit feeds his faith “spiritual milk and solid food” and matures his faith to better Christian living.

“You need milk, not solid food! Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness. But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil." Hebrews 5:12-13



What kind of God’s workmanship in us do we reflect to others? Most likely, there is always room for God to improve our thoughts, words, and desires.  Let us become more mature by eating the solid food of God’s Word with someone who is trained.

For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared in advance so that we would walk in them.  Ephesians 2:10 (EHV)

Things to think about: 

Q: How does Jesus want to motivate me towards better Christian living?

A: For the love of Christ compels us, because we came to this conclusion: One died for all; therefore, all died.  And he died for all, so that those who live would no longer live for themselves but for him, who died in their place and was raised again.  2 Corinthians 5:14-15 (EHV)

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