MORE TOPPINGS, MORE MONEY I love pizza! Mmmh, yummy! I can’t forget the day I went with a friend for lunch at a pizza house. We all ordered pizza. But I remember the server asked me, “Would you like some toppings?” I said, “Yes, pepperoni, sausage, and mushroom”. It was yummy! But at the end of the day, I found myself paying more than my friend. So I had to ask why I was charged more. My friend laughed at me and said. “You ordered more toppings, the more toppings you add on, the more money you pay!” This instance reminds me of the importance of feeding on the Word of God – the bread of life. The more “toppings” we add on, the more we enjoy more, but it’s going to cost us more. There are five ‘toppings’ that we have. My question to you today, would you be ready to put all the toppings, in order to enjoy and get full? The first topping is listening to the Word of God. This is the cheapest. This has to do with going to church, attending Christian seminars, listening to Christian radio and TV programs and what have you. Some psychologists say that, if you are genius enough, you can get up to 10% of what you listen. One topping won’t do you much. Second is reading the Word – the Bible. This has to do with building a habit of reading your Bible daily and systematically. You can read chapter by chapter, from Old Testament to the New Testament or whatever way you might choose. At this level, you have to have your own Bible, to mark some verses that pops up and speak to your life. There is no secret, you have to pay more of your time. Third is studying the Word. Some Christians thinks that this is the duty of the clergy. The Bible tells us about the Berean church who welcomed the message (Word) very eagerly and examined the scriptures every day to see whether these things were so (Ac. 17:11). At this level you have to be ready to pay more. You have to set time. Get a pen and a notebook. Sometimes, if you have access to some Bible help materials, such as a Bible dictionary, a concordance or what have you. This is going deeper in the Word. You may decide to study book after book, Bible characters or topics. The forth one is meditate. To meditate has to do mainly with two things: hiding the Word in your heart and speaking it out. Let me ask you a genuine question, ‘how many Bible verses may you recite by heart?’ Joshua was told to meditate the Word day and night (Jos. 1:8) The fifth topping is obeying the Word as it says, Joshua was told not just to meditate upon it but to act in accordance to ALL that is written in it (Jos. 1:8) This is the highest level, that the Bible say such people are like trees planted by streams of water, which yields their fruit in its season and their leaves do not wither. In ALL that they do, they PROSPER (Ps. 1:3). It is my prayer that God would enable you to put all the five toppings on the bread of life – the Word.