…I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. -John 10:10
Over at Colorstorm’s blog, I rather shamelessly snatched a comment from the peanut gallery, busy attempting to argue against God that asked with complete nihilism, “what did you eat today, a dead plant or a dead animal?”
All in good humor here, but first off, who is cooking for this poor man? I mean seriously, imagine if your food came and your first thought was “oh great, a dead animal with a side of decaying plant matter.” That is downright criminal. Sad, too.
Call me crazy, many people do already, but I eat lovely things, like diced peppers and sautéed chicken or barbecued spare ribs and scalloped potatoes. Today I had a piece of banana bread still warm from the oven with bits of walnuts and a crumb topping.
This comment captured my attention however, because I’ve spent the past few weeks pondering the kingdom of heaven and thinking of new ways to describe the hope that is within me. The essence of that comment, the contrast between what it means to consume some decaying plant matter versus having a lovely and colorful Mediterranean salad, the sweet nectar of life I tell you, could not be more obvious.
What is obvious is where the focus is, in the simple act of eating, one sees only death, while another eats to live. One set of eyes are on our higher selves, turned towards the Light, fully engaged in all the joys of culinary delight, while another can see only death on that plate.
What is the kingdom of heaven? It is where we place our eyes, it is what we chose to see and believe in. It is within us and outside of us, and all around us, and perhaps in another dimension entirely, but it is life. Life in all it’s richness and glory, life miraculous and hopeful, life full of treasures and surprises. It is the wonder children still have when they are discovering new things and simply delighting in them.
Faith is not just some pie in the sky imaginary thing, it is tangible, it has a substance and evidence to it. Go read Hebrews 11:1.
Jesus says, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst. John 6:35
The kingdom of heaven is life more abundant, right here and right now, on earth. Jesus didn’t die just to get us into heaven, he died to get a little bit of heaven into us. To ask Him into your heart, to surrender all, is to avail yourself of His gift, His kingdom, His bread of life. Life more abundant.
Or we can remain outside of that kingdom and do it our way, but frankly if you’re just eating dead animals and decaying plant matter on a plate, I think it’s time to fire the chef.