Getting To Know God
El Shaddai - Everpresent Supreme Power
Food For Thought
Ever wonder what the inside of a blender looks like from the perspective of the food that's about to go in it?
The Bible shows that the manner in which God uses His power can be difficult. God exercises His power to save souls, but the means by which our souls are saved, requires some destructive work to take place before the good stuff can come. For example, Jesus made this compelling statement in John 10:18…
“No one takes it from Me, but I lay it down of Myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This command I have received from My Father.”
According to the Bible, the power of God isn’t only made manifest through Jesus’ ability to raise Himself from the dead, which He did, but also in the ability He showed to give up His life first. So, before the glory of the resurrection, there has to be the difficulty of sacrifice – and Jesus’ sacrifice was brutal! The Apostle Paul then dropped this bomb on the people of God when explaining what it really means to live according to saving-faith. In Romans 12:1, the Bible compares Christian living, to the life of Jesus as explained in John 10:18, this way…
“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, [which is] your reasonable service.”
The Bible clearly teaches that God’s people are called to live in a manner of “self-sacrifice.” This sacrifice refers to the denial of “self,” which according to Jesus, requires the supernatural power of the LORD God Almighty. Our flesh must be crucified like Jesus’ body was, so that our souls can walk in the likeness of Jesus’ resurrection by the power of the Holy Spirit. This is how “fruit” is produced. We need the power of God to destroy our selfish ambitions from within, which is painful, but produces a fruitful result in spiritual ways.
When considering the power of God to destroy something, but produce a fruitful effect by that destruction, our minds went to smoothies! The berries and other ingredients go in whole, according to their natural condition. Then, the power of the blender absolutely obliterates everything, so that the final product resembles something totally different! The power that a blender has, spins the fruit into a vortex of death, at which point, the flesh of the berry is mutilated until it’s smooth. Sounds a little like the process of our salvation, right?
In this photo, we tried to capture the various stages of the blender’s power to produce the freshness of the smoothie. At the top, you can clearly see the whole fruit being thrown in. Just below, it’s clear to see that some of the fruit has already been pureed, still having some chunks of the original fruit in it. Then, towards the center, you can see how the power of the blades is spinning and chopping the fruit to create a very smooth and silky smoothie, as it violently draws the fruit towards that destructive vortex in the center. This is how the power of God works. He draws us to Himself to utterly destroy our fleshly nature, so that we can resemble something totally different – silky, smooth, refreshing, and nourishing, just like Him.