Does Your Jesus Taste Good?

randomlychad  —  March 12, 2013 — 5 Comments

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Bloggers are a weird lot. Literally anything can inspire a post. This
past Sunday at church, as I was taking communion, I thought “Jesus tastes good.” Then I thought why don’t the majority of folks agree with this assessment? Is it because of us–because of me–leaving a bad taste in people’s mouths? Are we like Moses at the waters of Meribah, misrepresenting God? Is he angry with us because of it? Someone (I don’t recall who–maybe Louie Giglio) once said:

“Christians are the single biggest cause of atheism in the world. They acknowledge Jesus with their lips, then walk out the [church] door and deny him with their lifestyle. That is what an unbelieving world simply finds unbelievable.”

I agree with that assessment, and am ashamed to admit that it’s true of me: I live far more for my comfort than I have concern for the fate of lost humanity. In fact, much of my thought this week has been spent wondering how I’m going to repair and/or replace the one of my TV’s. As priorities go, that one’s pretty low on the list.

Yet it vexes me. But there’s a whole lost, starving, poor world out there that I give little or no thought to. A wretched creature of habit am I. I get put out when something, or someone interferes with my T.V. watching plans (I watch three shows–stay out of my way, and get off my lawn!).

So, you see: the problem is me.

I am what an unbelieving world finds unbelievable. I am why more people are disinclined to find that Jesus “tastes good.” God forgive me.

How about you? Do you give off the sweet-smelling savor of his presence, or like me radiate the aroma of selfishness?

Does your Jesus “taste good?”

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  • like the different meals i eat a week, it depends. most often i am selfish, to be sure. i think for most people, that aroma is like their own scent, their own noses have blocked it out because they’re so used to it and it’s a part of who they are. every now and then something knocks those nostrils loose and heightens them to that selfish smell.

    as far as jesus tasting good…is it any wonder when most churches use those bland wafers, those christ crackers that have no discernible taste or purpose other than to serve mass amounts of people? c’mon folks…if jesus can feed 5,000 people with two fish and a few loaves of bread, our churches can surely bake plenty of good-tasting loaves to transfigure into our lord and savior.

    • You are surely correct, Tim: we become inured to our own scent, i.e., we become so accustomed we forget we stink.

      What wafers? At my church all we have ate those flavorless little packing peanuts.

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      • packing peanuts? man, i’d take wafers over those any day. silly how we are so bland as disciples most of the time. perhaps sad, as well. we are sad and silly, say i!

  • That’s so crazy. My Pastor, RobShepDotCom just used that phrase in his message on Sunday, and wondered out loud what Jesus “tastes like.”
    I like where you took this. Well done.

    • Thanks, Stephen! Rob is one of my faves!