Dare 2B Daring - July 27, 2018
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“O true believer, called by grace and washed in the precious blood of Jesus, thou hast tasted of better drink than the muddy river of this world’s pleasure can give thee; thou hast had fellowship with Christ; thou hast obtained the joy of seeing Jesus, and leaning thine head upon His bosom. Do the trifles, the songs, the honors, the merriment of this earth content thee after that? Hast thou eaten the bread of angels, and canst thou live on husks? Good Rutherford once said, ‘I have tasted Christ’s own manna, and it hath put my mouth out of taste for the brown bread of this world’s joys.’” – C.H. Spurgeon
Last week, I had the bittersweet privilege of speaking at the funeral of a dear friend and brother in Christ. Jimmy Webb was a founding member of our church, Cornerstone Baptist Fellowship in Sebastian, and he was the “real deal”. Jimmy was a man of deep faith, soft-spoken but very funny in a homespun kind of way. He and his lovely wife Mae were inseparable, honoring each other and their marriage vows for 59 years.
Following the service, which was a true Celebration of Life with more laughs than tears, we adjourned to the catering hall next door for some food and fellowship. According to one of the funeral directors, he had never seen such an impressive spread of food. Jimmy’s relatives and fellow church members brought tray after tray and platter after platter of fried chicken, country ham, green beans, black-eyed peas, lasagna, macaroni salad… you name it and it was there.
Then, out came the desserts. One woman had baked a deep-dish apple pie in an iron skillet that I can only describe as a “religious experience”. One bite and – just like the Apostle Paul – I was caught up into the third heaven. No sooner did I finish that delicacy, but another lady trotted out some of the best-looking banana pudding I’d ever seen. Figuring it would be rude not to try it, I helped myself to a “small” sampling of one of my all-time favorite desserts…and it was worth every calorie!
There were a few other cakes and pies on the buffet, but they didn’t go as fast for one simple reason: they weren’t homemade. And after having eaten and enjoyed the apple pie and the banana pudding, a store-bought dessert simply didn’t tempt me one bit.
That’s the way we, as believers, should look at Jesus. Having sampled His sweet fellowship and experienced His unconditional love, what can this fallen world possibly offer us in comparison? And yet, like you, I sometimes “take a taste” or even gobble down sinful pleasures – only to regret it later.
The best way to avoid a spiritual belly ache is to satisfy your appetite with Jesus… and Him alone.
“Then he said to me, ‘Blessed are those who are called to the marriage supper of the Lamb!” Revelation 19:9a (NKJV)
- Rev. Dale M. Glading, President