I went to Starbucks for coffee.
The chemist said it was bad for me, it changes body chemistry.
The doctor said it was bad for me, it contains too much caffeine.
The psychiatrist said it was good for me, it boosts feelings.
The pastor said it was good for me, it lifts one's spirit.

And, though it tasted great, the cost was HIGH for such a SMALL taste!

Ps 34:8
O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.

Eph 1:13-14
3 In whom (Jesus) ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth,
the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed,
ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,
14 Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession,
unto the praise of his glory.

The "earnest" of our holy inheritance is only a down payment until the full "redemption"
of our souls are made at the final day of time.

This is only a "taste!"
But that "taste" came at a HIGH COST!
For upon the cross, God paid to God His own blood for our redemption!

It is only a "taste" of what is to come!

But this "taste" is the indwelling Spirit of the Living God!

The experience of His entry, upon our repentance and surrender to Jesus,
is such that we cannot explain the JOY!

We actually "taste" the Lord's grace and mercy!
We are washed in His blood, and presented pure before God's throne!
We KNOW His forgiveness and acceptance!
We are "sealed" in His Spirit and know His presence continually!
We have assurance that our citizenship is in heaven!
The "firstfruits" of His indwelling Spirit make us begin to "hunger and thirst"
for the fulness of the "purchased possession!"

And this "taste" causes our minds and hearts to CHANGE!
This "taste" causes us to desire to GROW "in Christ!"

And though this "taste" is small, it causes us to desire being more like Jesus each day!

1Peter 2:1-3,
"Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies,
and all evil speakings, 2 As newborn babes,desire the sincere milk of the word,
that ye may GROW thereby:
3 If so be ye have TASTED that the Lord is gracious."

Love ya!