Welcome to A Spoonful of PB!
Luke 24:32: “Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?”
Welcome to A Spoonful of PB!
A reflection of my daily quiet times with Jesus, A Spoonful of PB is a weekly faith journal that will encourage us to authentically apply the Bible to our everyday lives. You may be wondering, “What is PB?” Well, it’s not peanut butter, even though peanut butter is one of my favorite foods. It’s short for Pastor Brian.
In my first church, people started calling me PB and, indeed, it was quite fitting. During one premarital planning session that I had with a young couple, they said to me, “Do you mind if we start calling you PB?” I said, “PB? Sure, sounds good to me!” That’s all it really took before more and more people started calling me PB. Now, you have a little background of why I’m calling my blog A Spoonful of PB.
My purpose for sharing A Spoonful of PB is three-fold: (1) to follow Jesus as a disciple of Christ; (2) to encourage others to follow Jesus as a disciple of Christ and; (3) to connect everyday faith with everyday living.
Disciple of Jesus
What we do flows out of who we are. A disciple of Jesus knows that they are a child of the Most High God. A disciple of Jesus knows that they have been bought with the precious blood of Jesus. A disciple of Jesus knows that they have been washed, forgiven, and redeemed by the sacrificial blood of the Lamb – a washing that leads one to shout from the rooftops that God Almighty has found me in the depths of my sin and has brought me out of darkness and into the wondrous light of his glory (c.f. 1 Peter 2:9). Shortly stated, a disciple of Jesus knows that all of their doing flows out of all of their being.
The first purpose of my blog is to follow Jesus as his disciple. This includes: daily Bible reading, daily prayer and meditation, weekly Scripture memorization, and fasting and seeking God’s will to name a few spiritual disciplines. Though I handwrite my journal daily, I reflect on a nugget of truth that God is speaking to me in his Word to share with you weekly. So, the first reason why I do this is to follow Jesus as he leads me in my own life.
My second purpose in A Spoonful of PB is to encourage others to follow Jesus as a disciple of Christ. Discipleship is at the heart of Jesus’ ministry. It involved everything he said and everything he did. When he called his first disciples to follow him, it wasn’t to get something from them; rather, it was to give something to them.
Jesus called his disciples to follow him because only he knew what the Father had planned for their lives and for his Church. Only Jesus knew what dying to himself and rising from the dead looked like, since after all, this was the very purpose for which he came (see John 12:27). As the Father poured into Jesus, so Jesus poured into his disciples.
This model of discipleship was followed later by the Apostle Paul when he poured out his life as a drink offering, so that the living faith of Jesus might spread around the Mediterranean world (see also 2 Timothy 4:6, Philippians 2:17). Paul poured out his life for others because Jesus first poured out his life for him. This is discipleship. This is the call that each of us have received from God.
My prayer is that my weekly journal writings might encourage you to follow Jesus more deeply in your own life, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit living within you, your life may become a drink offering for others to see the living Christ for themselves.
My last purpose in writing A Spoonful of PB is to connect everyday faith with everyday living. I’ve always said it this way: if it isn’t practical to live out then it’s not knowledge worth taking in.
As a communicator of the Gospel, I strive to connect people to a living God who’s deeply and passionately in love with them. Most unchurched people believe that God is distant and wants nothing to do with them. Some even believe that God is mad at them. But when a person comes to know the truth, it will set them free and completely transform their life. Jesus said, “…and you will know the truth and the truth will set you free” (John 8:31-32).
If what we learn on Sunday doesn’t infuse our hearts with a burning passion to reach those who do not yet know Jesus, then I’d strongly wonder if we were about the Father’s business of saving souls. Nothing is more important in the life of the church than to see people who do not know Jesus come to saving faith in Jesus. Solomon once said that “he who is wise is he who saves souls” (c.f. Proverbs 11:30). The process of discipleship begins when one surrenders their life to Jesus, and then “takes up their cross daily to follow him” (Matthew 16:24-26).
Connecting everyday faith to everyday living is how disciples are made. So, let’s be about the business of our Father who, by the constancy of his divine love and the steadfastness of his compassionate grace, sent his one and only Son into the world to die for us. But not only for us, for the world, too.
I’m looking forward to sharing with you every week how God is speaking to me and leading my life as a follower of Jesus. Feel free to share with your friends and encourage them as well on this discipleship journey together!