What do you find comforting? A bowl of mac-n-cheese, a special robe, a certain movie, a hug from a loved one, a puppy dog lick, a special chair, or some other thing?
Me, a cup of coffee, my favorite robe, and a typewriter. Those are comforting. I can tell that blank page all my fears, anxiety, pain and then when I am done, I can delete the whole thing; or share it with you.
That type of comfort is fleeting. It lasts for as long as we are involved in that activity maybe just a bit longer. Once that bowl of mac-n-cheese is gone, it is like NOW WHAT??
True Comfort comes from God.
When we turn to Jesus that comfort lasts all day. Actually it is always there, but we have to feed it through prayer and reading the word.
The best way to feed it, is to share it.
When we share Jesus with others it is like we are making a batch of sour dough. If you have ever made any type of friendship bread, this analogy is self-explanatory. This is for those that haven’t.
Sourdough works like this. You start with the starter recipe. (Salvation) You place it in a glass jar like a mason jar. (you are the glass jar) Then you feed it. ( you feed it by hearing or reading God’s word) You feed it by adding more ingredients Before you know it your jar is overflowing. Right before the sourdough or
friendship bread is ready to overflow, you put some of the mix into another jar and share it with someone. (sharing Jesus)
The other fun thing you do with the mix is bake it into bread or a cake (the recipe comes with the instructions on starting the sourdough or friendship bread.) When you bake the cake or bread, most people don’t sit down and eat it all by themselves, they share the cake or bread with others.
When you were introduced to Jesus, someone should have shared with you things that you can do to share Jesus.
As we share this delicious comforting food, our comfort grows. Just like when we share Jesus, our permanent comfort grows within us. The more we share, the more comfort we feel. It is like that song we sang as a kid.
My little light will shine, let it shine, let it shine. Put it under a bushel, NO. (a bushel basket)
2 Corinthians 1:3-7:
3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. 5 For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ. 6 If we are distressed, it is for your comfort and salvation; if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which produces in you patient endurance of the same sufferings we suffer. 7 And our hope for you is firm, because we know that just as you share in our sufferings, so also you share in our comfort.