You’ve had a taste of God. Now, like infants at the breast, drink deep of God’s pure kindness. Then you’ll grow up mature and whole in God. (I Peter 2:3)
I have tasted some pretty good stuff in my days. Chocolate, a nicely charred steak, sweet potatoes with melting butter, and mom's cheesecake. These are but a few of the things I have 'tasted', but there is one thing I have tasted that rises above all the rest: Jesus' grace and goodness. For years, the See's Candy Shops have given out a free piece of candy to the visitors in their shop. Why? To entice you to want more! God's grace is kind of like that - you get one taste of how liberating it is and you just keep coming back for more!
Grace is not meant to be tasted once and then that's all you ever experience it. It is meant to be tasted again and again, until you are overflowing with the goodness of it. Grace received is going to do something we may not have really anticipated - it helps us grow up in Jesus. Whenever we seek grace, we are seeking to grow a little. We are no longer content to let the stuff we have been 'taking in' be what we settle on in our lives. We want only the best and that is what God offers to those who seek him.
John Updike likened rain to grace, saying: "Rain is grace; rain is the sky descending to the earth; without rain, there would be no life." God's grace is like rain - it falls on the driest and most parched parts of our lives, infusing all that is needed to bring growth from within. Without grace, we'd wither and die. With grace, we flourish. Maybe we need more of God's 'rain' in our lives! Just sayin!
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