I know, I know. The title probably got you. This guy is crazy…he’s asking us to do some weird stuff. Hmm…that sounds familiar.
So Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you.”…When many of his disciples heard it, they said, “This is a hard saying; who can listen to it?” (John 6:53…60 ESV)
It’s because of passages like this that Christians often refer to spiritual formation as “getting fed.” This regularly comes up in reference to the church they attend. “Man, that sermon this morning. I’m so glad that I’m getting fed here.” This may seem strange to an outsider, but to many Christians this is a normal thing to say.
So back to the title of the blog. If we think about being ‘fed’ on Sunday mornings, it shouldn’t be hard to see that one feeding a week shouldn’t be sufficient. For instance, my favorite restaurant in the world is The Homeplace. The Homeplace is where God goes when HE gets hungry. This place is amazing. I dare you to find better food anywhere. But no matter how good it is, I can’t expect one trip a week there to meet all my dietary needs. I need to eat every day. The Homeplace can’t sustain me. And neither can my pastor.
Whoa, dropping bombs here. But it’s true. I was talking about this with a friend of mine a few years back, and it astonished us how frequently we expect that one weekly meal to get us through. It’s amazing, because we would never get upset at a restaurant for our hunger the next day. But we will do that to our pastor. But we don’t need a better meal that will last us longer. We need to learn how to cook for ourselves. We need home-cooked Jesus. Your pastor, no matter how talented he is, can’t sustain your relationship with God. You need to do that. Your pastor can (and should) help, but it is your responsibility. And that’s why this blog is here. That’s why I’ve named it “Home-cooked Jesus.” I want to help, too. I want to be a resource for you, a cookbook if you will, to help you sustain your own relationship with Jesus. I want you to come away from my posts refreshed and encouraged that you can read the Bible, and get something out of it…that the Lord of heaven and earth will meet you when you seek him. You know how you always want to take your friends to your favorite restaurant, or cook them your favorite meal? I want you to do the same thing with the Bible. I want you to share what God is doing in your life with them as though it was the Homeplace. Because God’s grace is better than their fried chicken. And if you’ve ever had their fried chicken, you know that’s a bold claim.