In our battle against sin, not only are we to be killing sin, but we are to be treasuring Jesus.
What I find interesting is that when you trace this truth through the Scriptures, you find the use of metaphors related to our senses.
As we think about gospel repentance in treasuring Christ, let’s explore some of these metaphors.
First of all, the Bible often uses the sense of taste to show us our desperate desire for Jesus.
Psalm 34:8 Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him!
What does it mean to taste the LORD? This is a very interesting metaphor?
We are to taste and see.
Let me give you an example the best I know how. Have you ever gone to Cold Stone ice cream or an ice cream shop and you weren’t quite sure what the flavor tasted like and they gave you a sample on this little spoon to try it out. It was a quick little taste.
But if you really liked it you got this huge waffle cone with triple scoops and you devoured the ice cream because you loved its taste.
Think about it with Jesus for a moment. How often are we content with just a little sampling of Christ in our lives. Instead, we need to find our greatest desire in tasting and seeing that He is good. We need to spend time in prayer and worship and reading our Bible and truly tasting the goodness of Christ.
But why? There are many things you can feast on in this world. You can taste a lot of things in this world and find your pleasure in them. Things that you think will bring you happiness and joy and satisfaction. We are consumers to the core and we are tasting everything this world has to offer except Jesus.
But why is Jesus worthy of our taste?
Peter answer this for us.
1 Peter 2:2-4 2 Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up to salvation- 3 if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good. 4 As you come to him, a living stone rejected by men but in the sight of God chosen and precious.
Notice in verse 4 that Jesus is chosen and precious.
The word precious here is key. Jesus is worthy, He is exalted, He is far above any other thing, and He is to be treasured because He is supremely valuable.
What do we find when we taste and see that the Lord is good? We find in Christ a valuable treasure that satisfies our deepest longing as the precious and chosen Savior that He is.
In my times of spiritual dryness I have been encouraged by one paragraph in an ancient book by John Owen called “Communion with God”. I was reading it at a point in my life when I was dry and frustrated and God used his words to minister to me and I often go back and reread it. It may not mean anything to you, but let me just share this with you.
I’m going to paraphrase it for you because it was written in 1657
“When we see the love of God, we will delight in Him…once the heart is taken up with the height and majesty of God’s love, we cannot choose but to be overpowered, conquered, and endeared to Him…exercise your thoughts upon the eternal, free, and fruitful love of the Father and when you do this, you will find that your heart is wrapped up in delight for Him…Sit down a little at the fountain and you will quickly discover the sweetness of the streams. You who have run from Him, will not be able to keep a distance from Him for a moment.”
In our next post we will continue exploring these metaphors related to our senses…