Cultivating an Appetite for Christ

By Ruth Bell Graham   •   September 30, 2011

I recall a night many years ago when I got up with one or another of the children about five times before morning. Bill wasn’t home. When it came time to waken the household, we were all sleepy. I picked the baby out of bed and didn’t bother to change him, just dumped him in his high chair. I grabbed the first bathrobe I could find; my hair was a mess, my face was a mess.

At the breakfast table, every time Gigi, our eldest, would start to say something, Bunny, our youngest daughter, would interrupt her. Finally Gigi banged down her fork, pushed back her chair and said, “Mother, between looking at you and listening to Bunny and smelling the baby, I’m just not hungry!”

Are you taking away someone’s appetite for Christ? The best definition of a saint that I ever heard is, “A saint is one who makes it easy to believe in Jesus.” Are you making it easy for those about you to believe in Him?

Taken by permission from “Husbands, Children and God” by Ruth Bell Graham, originally published in Decision magazine, June 1967 ©1967 The Ruth Graham Literary Trust.

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  1. Emmanuel says:

    It's my fervent prayer that i will not take away someone's appetite for Christ. Luke 17;1-2. I want to be a saint. Thanks and God bless you.

  2. Rhea says:

    My sister accepted Christ as her savior 32 years ago while going through a crisis. Since that crisis is over, she thinks she does not need to do anything more, and considers herself saved. Though she claims to know Jesus, it is uncomfortable for her to hear how excited I am about my Lord and Savior and how he helps me everyday. I can see she gets uncomfortable when I pray at meals, or listen to christian music at my home or my car. How can I help her, if she gets defensive and does not want to hear or talk about Jesus?