You hardly ever meet anyone from the UK who is ambiguous about the contents of the little black jar with the yellow lid. Personally – I LOVE it, but Marmite (yeast extract, for the uninitiated) is one of life’s dividers, and as they say in their ad campaign – “you either love it or you hate it”. There’s no middle ground!
Here’s my revelation for today:
God is like Marmite.
When I first decided to follow Jesus I was fifteen, and I remember my grandfather saying to me at the time:
“Ellie, a bit of religion is OK, but you don’t want to get carried away”
Funny, the things you remember. He was a good man, my Grandfather, but on this occasion, absolutely wrong.
The God who gave his only son so that the world could be reconciled to himself; the God who invites me to call him Father, and calls me his child; the God who created the glorious expanse of the universe with his words, and uses that same voice to whisper his love into my ear; this God who is unknowable and yet allows himself to be known by us..
All my passion.
All my time.
All my energy.
All my trust.
All my dignity.
God is Marmite.
You can’t be ambivalent, easy-going, under-control, take-it-or-leave-it, calm or cool about him. You can’t be half-hearted or hold back to keep yourself ‘safe’. That’s not what he deserves and it’s not what he’s calling us to…
So this week my friends, when you have the choice, choose to be passionate, choose to be abandoned, choose to be all-in, choose to be wholehearted in your pursuit of our amazing God.
Get carried away!
He’s more than worth it.