“I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”
Every chef knows that the key to succeeding with many dishes is finding the right combination of spices. You might take the best ingredients and cook them perfectly, but your meal can be bland without a particular kind of pepper or herbs. No wonder that in medieval Europe spices were among the most prized and expensive products. Explorers such as Christopher Columbus and Vasco da Gama were more interested in finding new spices than gold.
Human life can be compared to an elaborate dish. We might have the very best ingredients. We can be healthy, young, intelligent, wealthy, and beautiful. Yet all those wonderful things don’t guarantee a happy life. We need the right “spice” to make our life a success.
Today’s verses provide valuable information about that special “spice.” Christ came into this world to make our life complete. He is our only way to eternal happiness and fulfillment. He gives us purpose and meaning for every day, and he brings out the best taste in our life.
The best part is that we don’t need perfect ingredients to enjoy the life that Jesus describes. Even if our health is poor or we live in poverty, our loving Christ is able to bring out the best flavor and taste in the dish of our life.
Father, thank you for bringing out the very best taste in our life through your Son, Jesus Christ. Give us wisdom to always listen to his voice. In Christ’s name we pray. Amen.
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