Many foods are made to be mixed.
Stir this in with that, and one food will take on the flavor of another.
Pepper. Salt. Cinnamon. Nutmeg.
Each adds a special sensation we recognize in a moment.
What flavor is revealed when people spend time with us? The flavor of Jesus, or that of the world?
Matthew 5:39-41 tells us how to take on the taste of Jesus.
“But I say to you, Do not resist the one who is evil. But if anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. And if anyone would sue you and take your tunic, let him have your cloak as well. And if anyone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles.”
Turn to him the other cheek. That’s kindness, not striking back in anger.
Let him have your cloak as well. God wants us to be generous no matter who it is.
Go with him two miles. We are to persevere in helping others, no matter what it requires of us.
We’re tasting like Jesus already. We’re taking on the aroma of Christ.
Soon we’ll be permeated with the flavor of Jesus, and people will recognize him in us as soon as they get near.
When we act like Jesus, we start to become more like him.
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