Over the next five Wednesday’s we will use our five physical senses (taste, touch, smell, sight and hearing) as an analogy to five spiritual senses. Today, we will discuss “taste.”
The Bible says in Psalm 34:8 “Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.” Psalm 119:103 describes “How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!” Don’t you love the taste of our Lord and Savior?! When you hang out with Jesus and abide in His Word, there is a no-doubt-about-it taste of goodness and sweetness.
This begs a question for us Christ-followers. What do folks “taste” when they spend time with you? What does your wife taste? How about your kids? And, then your co-workers and friends and associates?
John 15 verse 5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit…” In Galatians 5, the taste of this fruit is described in detail. 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Notice that it does not say fruits (plural) but fruit (singular). If are a Christian who is filled with the Holy Spirit, this how you taste to others.
You hear connoisseurs of wine talking in detail about a certain vintage. You will hear various “intimate” descriptions of the taste such as a “bouquet of this, a hint of that, an after taste of this, the subtle taste of that, the mature taste of this, the sensitive taste of the wood from the barrel where the wine aged, etc.” Don’t laugh as they elaborate with each of other regarding these details! They are serious. It becomes obvious that I am no connoisseur of wine!
However, I am a connoisseur of the Holy Spirit and can tell you His taste. By the way, there is no hint of this nor a subtle after taste of that. We are filled with each of the adjectives that make up the taste of the fruit of the Spirit. The taste of the fruit is bold with and full of each of these descriptions. Ephesians 5:18 commands us to “be filled with the Holy Spirit.” There is not doubt about the taste. It tastes like Jesus. And, we are to be that “taste” to the people who rub against us or take a bite out of us even when that bite hurts!
Once filled with Him, you will love, you will be full of joy, peace and patience, you will taste like the four ness’s (kindness, goodness, faithfulness and gentleness) and will be comfortable and safe in the Lord experiencing self-control. When this happens, folks will say being around you feels and tastes like Jesus.
We all know if we are in control of our own life, the tastes are spoiled, bitter, angry, bruised, domineering, vulgar, distrustful, egotistical, etc. Your testimony will be not the testimony of Christ.
The fruit of the Spirit occurs when we are 100% submitted to the Lord, trusting in Him solely and entirely and surrendering the control of your life to Him on a moment-by-moment basis.
How do you taste?