V8 Juice. I’m drinking one right now, well I was when I started this. You either love it or hate it. Based on the comments on my Facebook page a while back, I’m amazed at the passion people have. The same passion is there whether you’re a lover or a hater of V8. I’ve made two posts on Facebook about drinking V8. The first garnered 18 comments and the second had 20 comments. Wow.
I got to thinking about V8. It has all the vitamins and nutrients a person needs to grow strong and healthy. There are two full servings of vegetables in every can, that’s every single can. That V8 got me thinking. I thought, you know, V8 is a lot like Jesus. While we can get two full servings of veggies from a can of V8, everything you need to make you spiritually healthy is found in Jesus. BUT. Here’s a sticking point for some people. They like the nutrients found in V8, but they don’t like the taste. In other words, we want the benefit of the veggies without the pesky method in which it is delivered. I’ll just take a multi-vitamin . . . and hand me another Twinkie.
That’s the way we are with our Christian walk too. We want to be like Jesus, but we don’t want to have to go through any trials, suffering, or hardship to make us like Jesus. We don’t want to learn to walk like Jesus, we just to take a pill, look at the Cliff Notes, or read an article. If you want to grow strong physically, you need to eat right, exercise regularly, drink plenty of water, and get sufficient rest. If you want to grow strong spiritually, you need a regular diet of spiritual food with plenty of living water. That means quiet time (Mark 1:35) with the Lord; time in engaged in prayer (Matt. 6:6, 2 Thes. 5:17, 1 Tim. 2:1). We need to have individual Bible study (2 Tim. 2:15) and we need to fellowship with other Christians (Neh. 8:8, 1 Tim. 4:13, Heb 10:25). For most folks that means we need to be connected to a local church. You can read a post about that from my friend Erik Braun.
The bottom line is you need to be connected to God individually and corporately. I hope the church you’re connected to emphasizes a devotion to God’s Word and exercises biblical discipleship. While these principles are certainly spelled out in Scripture, if we practice the lost art of disciple making, I believe we’ll begin to see the power of God move throughout these United States. . . . and then maybe we can win the world.
I know, now you’re thinking . . . I could have had a V8.