by T. Austin-Sparks
Beloved of God,
We are glad to be able to send you this further supply of food, and we are grateful for the many expressions that come to us that it is such.
Food is vital to existence, to growth, to health, to work, to warfare. Food has always been a strategic matter in campaigns. The enemy knows the strategic value of the people's food. Just as his success can be immensely accelerated and guaranteed by cutting off or destroying the food supplies of a temporal object of his aggression, so it is in this great conflict of spiritual kingdoms.
There has been a persistent determination all along to weaken, undermine, and render ineffective the Lord's people by interfering with their food. One of the tragic effects of a poor food supply, or of a shortage of good food, is that people get used to it, take it as all there is, settle down to the poor quality, and lose their appetite for the better because they have no knowledge of its existence.
That can be put the other way. Only by knowing of, and tasting, the better food will people reach after it and make for it. A taste stimulates the appetite.
The Lord's glory and honour are intimately bound up with His people's condition, and His desire is to have them well fed, flourishing, healthy, strong, and able. Such a state is a menace to the interests of the enemy.
Hence there arises a need for the Lord's people, on the one hand to know that plenty of good food is available, and on the other hand to realise that, by any conceivable means, the enemy will keep it from them or them from it.
The question governing this matter must always be: Is this calculated to bring about a fuller measure of Christ in us?
The Apostle Paul's ministry was so largely one of "building up", and that by means of sound and abundant spiritual food. Hence, there was never a ministry more contested by every means - subversion, criticism, misrepresentation, slander, falsehood, and evil report in every place. Oh, how the Devil hates everything and anything that will bring in Christ in greater measure!
In this ministry we have no other and no less an object than that Christ shall find His fulness in His people, and our prayer is that this little messenger may be an ever-growing minister of Him to you.
The Lord find His pleasure in you in terms of spiritual health, stature, stamina, fruitful labour, and triumphant warfare!
With warmest greetings,
Yours in His grace,