God, the true and only God is not a God that is distant or far off, but one who desires to know us deeply. His desire is to work in us constantly.
It is easy to play pretend. It is easy to go through the motions. Most people do. Most people talk about redemption, participate regularly in religious activity and do their best to please God externally. All of this is done while the heart remains empty. How do I know? I know because I have and often still walk this road. I know how to put on the show painting my life to look Godly, all the while living it away from His presence.
In the past month as I have wrestled with our sermon series on hungering for God, I have been struggling inside myself in what it means to actually hunger for Him. I want to know God deeply. I want to live constantly in his presence. I want to experience life and fullness that He alone gives.
The verse that I have been pondering in this journey is "taste and see that The Lord is good." What does it mean to taste God? How do you do it?
Here is what I have so far. When Jesus led men to experience a fulfillment in God he communicated it in a way that we can understand. He used bread. He said that the food that we put in our bellies would not fill us, but leave us hungry always leaving us empty with the desire for the next meal. He then said that He alone was the true bread, a bread that would not leave us hungry, but instead would fill us completely eternally.
I want that!
How do we partake of this wonderful feast? We feast in the abundant fulfillment of Christ by feasting on Christ Himself. Jesus in John 6 will makes a truly peculiar assertion. He will say that unless we eat His flesh and drink His blood we have no life in us. What? Is Christ calling us to some form of Christian cannibalism?
What Christ is calling us to is a life where we find ALL of our meaning in Him alone. This is not a life where we find our meaning in ourselves trying to please Him. It is not a life where we find our meaning in the practice of religion about Him. It is a life where we find our value, our wholeness, and our life in Him alone.
Jesus Christ died on the cross so that the sins that own us might be paid for permanently. He rose again 3 days later so that we might rise with Him in a new life.
What he asks of us is that we go to Him and Him alone for the life that he gives.
Taste and see that God is good and that He will fill us completely.