Can it be sampled too?
The writer of 2 Timothy thinks so, and he writes describing those of us who sample God as “having a form of godliness but denying the power thereof” (2 Timothy 3:5).
It’s like we can’t even comfortably enjoy our beer, we would rather sip it in a bottle of soda.
We can’t laugh at the profane jokes in our favorite TV series anymore.
We’ve probably tasted kingdom chocolate before. And we are now simply struggling to fit in with the “boiled yam” freaks.
We want the best of both worlds, yet boiled yams are no match for chocolate in terms of sugariness.
So we fake it. We laugh because everyone watching laughed. We “brave” the sleazy night party for fear of being considered “radical”. We smile at the lewd office joke.
For many of us, life without God leaves us shaken “As the trees of the forest are shaken by wind (“Isaiah 7:2)
Good thing we know it. We’ve been there, raised in the church maybe, we speak “christianese”, perhaps Dad is clergy. But, yeah, same problem. We don’t want to fall either side. Even as the lure of worldliness continues to pull daily, the only suit that fits us on Sunday Morning is Judas’.
We say our Church is also doing nothing to see us grow in the things of God, or maybe it does and we are always “committed during weekdays.”
Yet Jesus has no kind words for chaps like us. He threatens to spit us out (Rev 3:16) if we continue being lukewarm.
“Choose this day who you will serve”, He says in Joshua 24:15.
In our own Elijah moment at our own Mount Camel, we hear the warning just as if it’s addressed to compromisers like us.
“If Baal is God serve him, if God is God serve him, how long will you keep wavering between two opinions? (1 Kings 18:21)”
Hope we wake up early, before we slide out with the saliva.
Mind you, the earlier the better for..
“ It is impossible for those who have once been enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift, who have shared in the Holy Spirit, who have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the coming age and who have fallen away, to be brought back to repentance. To their loss they are crucifying the Son of God all over again and subjecting him to public disgrace. “ (Heb 6:4)