I have enjoyed reading thoughts from Jason Jaggard who has been leading and serving so effectively on college campuses here in L.A. through Mosaic. Below are “How to Eat Like Jesus” and “We Need Jerks.”
“The food I love to eat is doing the will of the One who sent me.” John 4:34
This verse doesn’t make sense. I mean, feeding is passive, isn’t it? It’s receiving something. When I eat, I sit at a table and consume.
But for Jesus, the idea of eating is active.
And this confuses me.
I was taught that feeding was when we studied the Bible. I was taught that getting fed was to be nourished by listening to sermons, reading books and doing small group devotionals.
So if Jesus would have said, “This is how I get fed: by reading the Torah and letters that haven’t been written yet and teaching it to my 12 friends, 3 of whom will write these letters later,” then that would have made sense.
But that’s not what He said. He said that getting fed for Him is to do the will of the One.
Could it be that Jesus is redefining what it means to be nourished? Not in a physical sense but in a spiritual sense?
Could it be that Jesus is redefining what it means to be spiritually mature?
Maybe He’s saying that spiritual maturity is when your favorite way to get is to give. Could that be the Great Secret: that the way you receive nourishment in the depths of your soul isn’t when you consume but when you contribute?
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Also, check out Jason’s article called “We Need Jerks.”
“Often times as your rhythms slow down while you fall asleep your body thinks you’re dying, so your brain sends a pulse through your body.
They’re called myoclonic jerks. And they wake us up.
In life there are many moments that can wake us up, and not just when we’re asleep, either….”
I’m seeing that giving more each day reaps a heap of coolness comin’ ma way! Keep em comin’ E!
Nouwen says our main purpose was to give of ourselves to others. When we aren’t being used for our purpose we feel unfulfilled.
If a cup is never drank out of, what makes it a cup?
If a Christ follower doesn’t give of his life, what makes him a Christ follower?
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