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Toes and Broccoli

11April2012

She was gnawing on them hard—and giggling the whole time.  With her toes in her mouth, I asked my precious Elanna what they tasted like.  She stopped gnawing on that big toe long enough to look at me and say, “Broccoli!”  Then, as she put it back in for more she laughed and said, “With dip!”

For dinner earlier that night Elanna couldn’t get her fill of broccoli and ranch dip.  She kept eating and eating and eating.  Even when an ice cream sandwich was put in front of her, you couldn’t get the broccoli out of her hands.  And, as I learned that night, if you eat enough broccoli and dip at dinner your toes begin to ooze out the same tastiness before bedtime.  I’ll take her word for it.  I can hardly reach my toes with my fingertips, let alone my taste buds.

What do you ooze?  What do you so gravitate towards that everything you see and everything you touch resembles its taste, its smell, its touch, and its essence?  We continue to live in the glory of Easter and the celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.  Have you so consumed the presence of Jesus that He is running through your every vain and artery?  Saturate yourself so that your fingerprints morph into His fingerprints and so that your words are His words.    Frank Viola and Leonard Sweet put it this way in their book Jesus Manifesto “If the heart is occupied with Christ, Jesus will pour forth from the lips and pen.  He will ooze out of every pore.”  Is Jesus oozing forth from your pores?

We do a lot of great stuff here at St. John’s.  We have ministries galore and opportunities everywhere.  From the many teams and people involved in making worship happen each week to our varied youth group opportunities, small groups, and service ministries—there is always something going on around here.  And these ministries and programs involve people, build community, and meet needs.  My hope is that they, first and foremost, help us to ooze Jesus.  I hope that Jesus inhabits your heart in such a way that these programs and ministries taste like Jesus.  And that maybe, even when we are called to serve in crummy places that smell funky and we are called to go places that are way beyond comfort—we can still taste Jesus, smell Jesus, see Jesus, hear Jesus, and feel Jesus.  And help others do the same.

It will take some effort at first.  Incarnational living always takes effort and intentionality.  But the Holy Spirit has promised to meet you, to dwell within you, and to walk with you.  And it starts with being open to Jesus grabbing hold.  It starts with coming to His dinner table and eating and eating and eating Jesus.  Then, by His power and with His help—you can ooze Jesus from your pores.

Jesus quotes Deuteronomy 6:5 when His disciples ask Him about the greatest commandment.  “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might.”  It goes on to instruct parents to teach this to their children “When you are at home and when you are away, when you lie down and when you rise.”  At every moment of everyday, ask yourself, “Am I loving the Lord with my heart, soul, and strength?”  I hope, that by the ministry you do and the people you serve, that your feet taste like Jesus—maybe even with a side of ranch dip…

SMN@CCD

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