The Last Grape Tomato

John 6:27

“Do not work for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give to you. For on him God the Father has set his seal.”

I enjoy eating grape tomatoes. Most days I eat about ½ dozen of them with eggs in the morning and then again in the evening with a salad. So, when I woke up this morning, for whatever reason, the first thought in my head was, “when will I eat my last grape tomato?

Now I’m not sure what I was dreaming about when sleep was interrupted, but as an inexperienced amateur psychologist, I’m sure it must have been a correlation between grape tomatoes and the end of life.

For life as we know in this body will come to an end. And when life in this age ends, everything we may have enjoyed will likewise end. And that includes me eating the last grape tomato.

Yet, the Spirit that lives in us will continue. How do I know? Because Jesus exemplified the same when he died and committed his Spirit to HIS Father in heaven. And just like he was resurrected into a new body, I await for the same resurrection and new body to begin the next chapter and adventure with our Perfect Father and Elder Brother.

Meanwhile, I get to taste heavenly samples of God’s food today. Just like I enjoy the taste and nutritional value of grape tomatoes, I also now participate and enjoy the spiritual nourishment of eternal food.

For example, take God’s love which HE showers upon us daily. His love surrounds us through HIS creation. When like minded people with HIS Spirit touch our spirit, there is the fellowship and comradeship which enlightens the fire within us. Plus, God’s love being manifested through HIS constant grace granting us favor at times of need is a reminder HE truly cares for each of us. The assurance of HIS faithfulness and commitment that HE will complete the work HE has started in you and me gives more hope for the future.

As HIS love abounds in us, one cannot hold back to share HIS love with others. Through words, touch, and acts of service, God’s love is extended in the people we meet. They are introduced to a way of life that enriches the soul now and prepares the heart for a future of hope and joy.

Yes, the body needs physical nutrition. But likewise, the soul needs spiritual rejuvenation. And both are gifts from God for our enjoyment. As long as we live, we get to enjoy grape tomatoes. But one day, we will eat our last one.

Then all the unnecessary anxiety and worry we carried will be behind us. All the projects on our to do list will no longer matter. All the self-inflicted battles over our weight and physical challenges will be no more, and the much grace required people in our life will find rest without us.

Everything we enjoyed and suffered until then will be bundled up and put away. Instead, we will take up the mantle and begin a new chapter, with a new body, and a new assignment. We will take hold of all the spiritual riches which up to then we only tasted and begin to fully realize the potential God has given us to serve HIM and complete HIS plans as we move into the new age with our Lord.

Yes, this thoughtful reminder started first thing this morning when I considered the last grape tomato I will ever eat. Who truly understands how the Spirit really works through our minds?    

Rooting For You in Christ!

Dr. Mike

Encourager & Author of e-Books 

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What Must You Do To Inherent Eternal Life?

And a ruler asked him, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” Luke 18:18 ESV.

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This question came from a rich ruler who sought the answer from Jesus. Jesus in His usually manner went right to the ruler’s heart. He started by stating five of the Ten Commandments which relate to human relationship. The ruler replied that he has kept these from his youth. Then Jesus threw the zinger at him. Jesus knew that the one major area of the ruler’s life that came between God and him was his wealth. Therefore, Jesus told him there was one thing he lacked. Too sell his possessions and follow him.

Many Bible teachers emphasize the first part of Jesus’ reply rather than the last part. The emphasis they place is on the wealth rather than on Jesus. Many Christians even today struggle with the answer. What Jesus stated and repeated later is that man doesn’t have the capacity within himself apart of God to do anything that earns him eternal life.

Jesus recognized the idol of wealth in the rich ruler’s heart. He offered him the opportunity to join him right then and there. Yet the decision to sell everything was more than he could do. Like many of us, we come to the place where we realize we can’t do what only God can do. We do not have the sole capacity to do anything to earn eternal life.

Only the Triune God can change a person’s heart. When the Holy Spirit resides and moves within a person’s life, transformation occurs. Only God can replace a stony, hard heart with a soft, pliable one. That is why Jesus stated shortly thereafter that what is impossible for man is possible with God.

We all have idols in our lives. Typically idols are good things in life. However, we make them the ultimate thing. And when they become the ultimate thing, they replace God’s position in our life. That is what makes an idol. Wealth, family, career, education, and food are all good things. However, when they become the most important treasure of our heart, then God is being replaced by a forgery. God knows that we are wired and operate fully human when He is the center of our life. When something else takes that place, we suffer and never experience the rich relationship with Him and others. This is what Jesus saw in the rich ruler.

Jesus gave the rich ruler the opportunity to follow Him. Whether the rich ruler eventually came to follow Jesus or not, we are not told. However, Scripture does reveal to us today that eternal life is God’s gift to us for those who believe in Jesus Christ (1 John 5:11).

So if you haven’t done business with your Maker, maybe today is a good time to look into the life of Jesus and learn what He has to say about your life now and for all eternity.

Rooting For You in Christ!

Dr. Mike

Executive Director & Founder
Marketplace Bible Institute
& Resource Center, Inc
Author of e-Books:
 *  Great Business Emulates a Good God
 *  Be Radical…Follow Christ!
 *  Simply The Messenger
 *  Unequally Married

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