My 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 eating my 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

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What is God’s Greatest Expression of His Love?

Psalm 34:12

Who is the man who desires life and loves length of days that he may see good?

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Life. God created you for eternal habitation with Him. Without life you wouldn’t know God, family, nor anything. You wouldn’t exist. In my opinion, Life is God’s greatest expression of His Love. He created the universe to be inhabited. He created earth to be inhabited. He created humanity to share in His life. Everything created by Him is love being fulfilled. Without life, there is no experience of love, God, nor anything.

Even when humanity rebelled against Him, He intervened. He elected Himself as an atoning sacrifice. Jesus Christ is God’s continual expression of his love for us. God came in flesh to experience life in human skin.  He now has a better understanding of you and me because he lived it out. Christ’s entire life was lived out so you and I could see how life is meant to be lived. His life, death, and resurrection culminated into humanity’s relationship being restored with God.

Life comes only from life. Science has not yet discovered the missing link where matter becomes life. Even they acknowledge that life is born only from a living entity. As the Book of Genesis stated, God breathed into man and he became a living soul. As physical life only comes from physical life, eternal life only comes from eternal life. As Jesus stated to Nicodemus, one must be born again by the Spirit. Life comes from life.

God’s greatest gift to humanity is life. He created physical life with people with free-will because He wanted to share his life and love with each of us. But relationship is a two-way street. It takes two to tango. And God freely gives us life and waits to see if we want to share life with Him. For those who do, eternal life awaits them. For those who do not want to be in relationship with Him, he will oblige. Hopefully, you have come to a point in your world where God’s love wins you over. For after you have a small taste of His love and life, you can’t live without. He is Love and Life in one.

Rooting For You in Christ!

Dr. Mike

Encourager & Founder of
Vocational Leadership 360
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Celebrate Life

 

 

Ecclesiastes 9:4

For whoever is joined with all the living, there is hope; surely a live dog is better than a dead lion.

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As long as you are alive, you have hope for the future. No matter your circumstances, God’s grace abounds everywhere. Nothing is hidden from Him; nothing escapes Him, nothing limits Him. He created you to live life to the fullest; to experience His love, and fulfill your potential.

Our challenge most often is to get out of the way. We think our plans and solutions are the best ones not realizing there just may be a better way. Our pride and insecurity often prevent us from yielding ourselves to His instructions. We falsely believe no one knows us better than ourselves. What we fail to realize so often is how blind and ignorant the self so easily becomes. We all need a mentor; someone who has gone before us and can show us how it is done.

Life is for the living, not for the dead. As long as we are alive, we can celebrate the life given to us by our Creator. We may not enjoy our current situation and circumstances may temporarily be in stink mode, but we have hope in a Savior – His name is Jesus.

He lived life to the fullest. He introduced us to His Father. He taught us the reality of life in His Kingdom. He intervenes for us. He shares His life with us. He gives us purpose and meaning to celebrate life the way our Creator initially designed the world to be.

Yes, there will be disappointments. Yes, expectations fail. Yes, circumstances change. But through everything, the Triune God cares for you and wants you to share in their life. As we lean on Him, His character, divine nature, and attributes rubs unto you. You become more of a “little Christ.” The joy & peace He instills in you begins to uncontrollably overflow unto others. Your love for others is more fully expressed in your desire to help them succeed. Life becomes more than just about survival. Life becomes a celebration of what God has done, is doing, and will yet do.

Always remember, as long as you are alive, you have hope for the future because God’s Love is greater than anything this world throws your way!   This is our reason for celebrating life each and everyday.

Rooting For You in Christ!

Dr. Mike

Encourager & Founder of
Vocational Leadership 360
Author of e-Books:

Dancing With God: Life-Giving Theology Explained
Great Business Emulates a Good God
Be Radical…Follow Christ!
Simply The Messenger
Unequally Married

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