Yesterday a group of us from Murray were on our way home from a conference in Chattanooga when we stopped to eat lunch at Applebees.
One of the girls, Tai, ordered a brownie and ice cream concoction for dessert. She took one bite of the hot, fudge-y mess and declared, “This tastes like heaven!”
The rest of us at the table smiled and agreed it looked amazing. She pushed the plate toward me and said, “Take a bite! Everyone, take a bite- it’s SO GOOD!”
This is how we are supposed to be with Jesus.
We’ve tasted and seen that He is good (Psalm 34:8) and, if we’re living in submission and joyful obedience, people can see a relationship with Him looks good. But just like Tai knew our understanding of how good the brownie was wouldn’t be full until we tasted it for ourself, we know the nonbelievers’ joy won’t be full until they experience Jesus for themselves.
After sharing this revelation with the girls in the car ride back one said she treated Jesus more like a vegetable no one likes.
“I treat Jesus like He’s a lima bean,” she said. “I’ll tell people, ‘I know this is good for you, but I know you don’t like it so you don’t have to eat it if you don’t want to.'”
Wow. Far too often I treat Jesus like a lima bean instead of what He is- the greatest dessert ever offered to man. He is delicious and yet healthy- we need Him for survival and yet He offers us pleasures forevermore (Psalm 16:11). It’s a win-win our worldly-driven minds can’t conceive.
How often do I plead with sinners to come to Christ and taste the greatest dessert available?
“What are we here for, to have a good time with Christians or to save sinners?” -Malla Moe
“Some wish to live within the sound of a chapel bell, I want to run a rescue shop within a yard of Hell.” – C.T. Studd
I want to be known as a begger of souls. Will you join me?