The one Without the Nettle and Grass Smoothie

Overflowing?

Chocolate fountains are great with all that none stop chocolate being pumped out. The only thing sad about chocolate fountains is that often you are given fruit to dip into them and that leaves me wondering why anyone would want to spoil good chocolate with fruit? Chocolate fondues are okay where you can dip something (hopefully something that isn’t fruit!) into a pot of chocolate, but there is something better about the flowing chocolate.

Although it may feel too obvious to point out it is still worth reminding ourselves that the essential ingredient in a chocolate fountain is the chocolate.

Chocolate is at the source and so chocolate is what comes out.

Jesus said, ‘The mouth speaks what the heart is full of ‘ (Luke 6 v45).

This is the principle of overflow, that what is at the source is what will come out.

Stop and think about what comes out of your mouth. Do we mainly say happy or encouraging things or are our words usually negative? What we say will indicate what is in our hearts.

Who are we and what are we full of?

When he said, The mouth speaks what the heart is full of ‘Jesus was speaking to his disciples. You see, our hearts can be full of negative things even if we are following Jesus.

If I arrived at a chocolate fountain and someone had put a nettle and grass smoothie in place of the chocolate, I would be really sad as I watched the green slime ooze.

I wonder if this is how people often feel about Jesus’ followers? We are supposed to be full of and overflowing with Jesus, but it is what is truly in our hearts that will overflow.

Christianity is based on grace and although I don’t have to behave a certain way to be loved by God I do want to behave in a good way because it pleases him. My prayer today is that I would make more space for Jesus that he might fill me and overflow through me.

Jesus said; “No good tree bears bad fruit, nor does a bad tree bear good fruit. Each tree is recognized by its own fruit. People do not pick figs from thorn bushes, or grapes from briers. A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of. Luke 6 v43-45

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About honestaboutmyfaith

Hi, my name is Graeme and I’m married to a very patient wife. We have 4 children, 2 rabbits, a terrapin (and not a lot of peace and quiet!). I’m a Baptist Minister who is especially interested in making Church accessible to people who have no church background and also in how we disciple people in order to equip them to live out their faith in the 21st Century. I am also a member of the Eastern Baptist Association's Council with responsibility for Mission Strategy.
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One Response to The one Without the Nettle and Grass Smoothie

  1. Reblogged this on Honest about my faith and commented:

    I have been thinking about the principle of Overflowing and was going to write something but then I remembered that I already had, so here it is again.

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