Today’s Scripture: So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God. RomansĀ 14:12

Rice Krispies, Golden Grahams, Cheerios, Raisin Bran-that is just the tip of the enormous mountain of cereal choices we get to choose from each morning. Out of all of these options, I found out that some of the strapping young men at our church like Cocoa Puffs. I was appalled. Of all the cereals out there, you had to choose that? In my personal opinion, Cocoa Puffs is the most girly cereal in the history of the world. The whole issue got me thinking, what cereal would we as believers want to be compared to?

First, you have the puffy cereals that swim in milk for two seconds and then are complete mush. Second, there are those healthy cereals that almost take your teeth right out of your mouth. Third, there is the category of super sweet cereals which have no substance or nutrition at all. And then, there is the fourth option: shredded wheat. You can soak it in milk for two hours and nothing happens to it. It is like a fortified battleship.

I know for sure that I do not want to be a Cocoa Puff Christian-all self-righteous and puffed up on the outside, but when surrounded by trials, my faith turns to mush. I do not want to be a legalist health cereal that turns everyone off or a super sugary one that has no substance. I would want to be shredded wheat, filled with faith and strong enough to endure life’s hardships. What about you?

Are you a Cocoa Puff that is prideful and deflates into pouting when other people get blessed?

  • Are you a Grape-Nut that is so uptight that you are unwilling to reach out to others who appear less spiritual than yourself?
  • Are you a Fruit-Loop that is sweet to others but your walk with the Lord has no depth?
  • Are you striving to be like a Mini-Wheat that is held together by God’s strength and searching every day for His will?

When you sit down at breakfast each morning and pour yourself a bowl of cereal, think about this silly illustration and take time this week to consider what you are and what God is trying to work on in your life. When the going gets tough, what do you want to be made of?

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder