Think back to the most delicious meal you can remember. Recall the feelings of intense pleasure as your taste buds were enraptured. Remember the bliss as you smiled in ecstasy and savored that amazing moment. Savor it again now, as this memory helps you relive that culinary pleasure. As we savor moments like these, so too, we ought to savor Christ.
Yesterday, in my quiet time, this idea of “savoring” was impressed upon me by the Holy Spirit, and I asked for permission to make this today’s blog topic. I sensed that Christ was pleased that I was savoring him and equally pleased that I wanted to share this moment with you. Now my job is to somehow find scriptures to back up this idea of savoring Christ. As it turns out, there are some very beautiful passages that also use a similar metaphor.
TASTE AND SEE
"Taste and see that the Lord is good. Oh, the joys of those who take refuge in him! (Psalm 34:8 NLT) This invitation beautifully encapsulates the offer to fully experience Christ’s goodness. To accept, we must surrender fully to the overpowering, all-consuming love of our Savior. Only then can we fully savor the goodness of God and experience the blissful joy as we ingest Jesus Christ, our Lord.
Questions to ask: Am I savoring Christ and our relationship? Am I fully taking in the Body and Blood of Christ in a deep way, and is the result joy?
What truly nourishes us? When questioned: “Jesus answered by quoting Deuteronomy: “It takes more than bread to stay alive. It takes a steady stream of words from God’s mouth.” (Matthew 4:4 MSG) Our Savior also went further. “Jesus replied to them, “I am the Bread of Life. The one who comes to Me will never be hungry, and the one who believes in Me [as Savior] will never be thirsty [for that one will be sustained spiritually]." (John 6:35 AMP)
Questions to ask: Is the deep, fulfilling sustenance that Christ offers filling you? If so, how can you better help others have that same experience? If not, what can you do to gain that type of relationship?
THE RICHEST FOOD
The Old Testament is also rich with metaphors that lead us to savor Christ. For example, “You satisfy me more than the richest feast. I will praise you with songs of joy.” (Psalm 63:5 NLT)
Questions to ask: How can we become more deeply satisfied with Christ? How can we savor our relationship to a greater degree?
We can find deep satisfaction and joy in Christ, akin to the pleasure of a delightful meal. Just like we savor the flavors and textures of a delicious meal, so can we savor the spiritual richness and fulfillment found in Christ. May we all savor God more fully and completely every day. Amen.
Your aspiring servant, Daniel M.
December 18, 2023
POSTSCRIPT: Dear friends, if this daily, transparent “Conversations with Christ” blesses you, please go to www.SOLIDpastors.org, where you will find these posted, and a repository of all, in English and Spanish. If you ever want to chat, you can reach me at Daniel@SOLIDpastors.org. May Christ bless you richly as you have your own intimate, daily conversations with Christ.