For a bit of a foreword, I’d just like to mention that the first half of this is a random, fictional person talking. I might write a flash fiction about them and their chocolate shop sometime so let me know if you’d like to read that!
Chocolate. The sweet, magical taste of it brings satisfaction and pleasure. Each piece of chocolate is crafted carefully in my shop. Molds are perfectly designed so that the pieces are never too big or too small. Some are cream-filled. Some have caramel. Others are just straight chocolate. Either way, these treats are delicious and perfect for the person who buys them. Some people come into my chocolate shop for a piece or two every day. Some grab a handful once a month. Others only come in on special occasions. The chocolate can satisfy every day, once a month, or a few times a year. You decide when to come in. But those who always return, leave more satisfied every day. They learn about chocolate. They are reminded of the chocolate… Every day. There’s a twist to my shop, though. Every piece is free. You can come in and take one or two if you’re willing and it will cost you nothing but a moment.
Just like this chocolate, the Gospel works in a similar way. It’s free to everyone. It’s there. You just have to walk inside the open door. You can come in every day or not at all. But let me tell you, the people who come back to the Word of God every day leave satisfied every day. It shouldn’t be a once-and-done thing. You should come back and be reminded. The Gospel meets you where you are, just as a piece of chocolate may have different fillings depending on someone’s taste… yet it is still chocolate and that part never changes. When you come back to the Gospel–the Good News–you are reminded of what Jesus has done, all the time.
Never let a day go by when you do not
eat chocolate open your Bible. Open it every day. Read a verse or two. Let God meet you where you’re at. But eat chocolate too… It’s pretty delicious.
Even if you’ve read and know these verses by heart, please take them and eat them and think about them like you would any piece of chocolate. Eating chocolate never gets old so why should reading the Bible get old?
Romans 6:23 – “For the wages of sin is death but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (ESV)
Hebrews 4:12 – “For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and spirit, joints and marrow, discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart” (ESV)
John 3:16 – “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life” (ESV)