It was and remains one of the nastiest things I have ever put in my mouth.
It was a concoction of different vegetables and juices my mom would put in a blender and force me to drink. It had to be some form of child abuse. It was that bad.
But you know that? As a child I was rarely sick, and even today, many years later, I am still rarely sick.
So…there must be something to be said about things that taste bad but that are good for you. The extended benefit far exceeds the temporary challenge just to try and swallow it.
So this has got me “thanking”. The verse in the Bible which says, “O taste and see that the LORD is good; How blessed is the man who take refuge in Him!” Psalm 34:8 Now how would you know if something is good but to try it. You can take someone else’s word for it but until you try it yourself then you will not truly know.
It is also interesting that the parts of the body what allow one to taste and differentiate between good and not good is the mouth, the tongue, all the parts of the body that can experience so many good things but can also absolutely spew out so many horrible things toward God and toward other people.
So, let me throw an odd thought toward you. Real odd.
We as Christians know that the body of Christ was broken so that we might partake of his power of his salvation and in his healing. In communion we in symbolic memory eat of his body and drink of his blood. Here’s the odd thought. If someone took a bite out of you, how would you taste? We eat of Christ’s body and we find it to be healing, able to bring us from a dark, dark place of sin. But it tastes good, everything about his body and blood tastes good, because it was intended to ultimately bring about goodness.
So, if we are to be representatives of Christ and His body, again, if someone broke off a part of you and tasted it, as a Christian, how would you taste? Would you be of such character that you would also bring about healing through Christ? Or would you taste so awful that no one would want to try you nor Christ again.
For tomorrow, I am going to work to be that person that if someone were to break off a piece of me and taste, hopefully all they would see and taste and recognize would be Christ.