December is getting closer and with that comes a really busy season. Christmas parties, decorating, church cantatas, shopping, baking, sending out cards, and so much more flood into our lives. Too often the Saviour gets left out in the cold from all the busyness…and He is the true reason that we celebrate.
Most of us enjoy Christmas foods…whether it be Christmas cake, shortbread cookies, turkey, stuffing, potatoes, gravy, or whatever. One of my favourites is Toblerone chocolate and that is a treat that needs to be savoured.
I have eaten it fast and I have eaten it slow. When you like the taste of something you can eat it quickly because you really enjoy it. I’ve been known for eating fast. When I was in high school, a co-worker asked me if I was from a big family because I ate so fast (Apparently when you grow up in a large family you have to fight for the food at the table). I am learning to eat things slower.
Toblerone tastes so good when you just let it melt in your mouth. You taste the distinctive flavours better. You get to slowly savour the flavours and can pick out the distinct tastes of the milk chocolate, the nougat, the almonds, and even the honey.
I have been also known for gutting down the Word of God. Maybe you’re like me. You can read large portions but sometimes when you’re done, you forget what you read. You don’t stop to smell the roses. You don’t stop to savour the flavours. A biblical word for savouring would be meditating.
[1:1] Blessed is the man
who walks not in the counsel of the wicked,
nor stands in the way of sinners,
nor sits in the seat of scoffers;
 but his delight is in the law of the LORD,
and on his law he meditates day and night.
 He is like a tree
planted by streams of water
that yields its fruit in its season,
and its leaf does not wither.
In all that he does, he prospers.
 The wicked are not so,
but are like chaff that the wind drives away.
 Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,
nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous;
 for the LORD knows the way of the righteous,
but the way of the wicked will perish.
[2:1] Why do the nations rage
and the peoples plot in vain?
(Psalms 1-2:1 ESV)
I think most of us who are followers of Christ desire to be the fruit producing Christians that God has called us to be and promises that we will be…but sometimes we settle to do the same old, same old, and we wonder why we get the same results.
This passage promises that if we slow down to meditate on the Word of God that we will be fruit producers…or more rightly, God will produce fruit in us. Yesterday morning I was preaching from John 15 and there is some wonderful specfics about the kind of fruit that’s produced in the life of a believer.
John 15 calls us to abide which can simply mean spending time with Jesus: in the Word and in prayer. That’s what I call savouring. Some of the fruit that this passage says that a believer will produce is: on target prayer, a glorified Father, an obedient life, a deeper love, and a deeper joy. I think we can all agree that those are things that we’d love to happen in our personal lives and in our church famillies. Those are things that we so can’t produce on our own. It simply happens through savouring the Saviour.
So my desire for each of us is to not give in to the rush of the Christmas season. Slow down and savour the Saviour…and we will be the fruit producing believers that we want to be and, more importanly, that He wants us to be.