Garnish by Robin Densmore Fuson
Do you like the garnish on the plate? What do you do with it?
An upscale restaurant makes a presentation of their
meals. Smaller portions are works of art with a splash of sauce and a flourish
of a garnish on the side. A garnish is a decoration—an embellishment—not
necessary for nourishment but for eye appeal.
A lemon slice, sprig of parsley, mint leaf, or any pungent green herb, sits on top or to the side of the main fare. A visual tease to what you hope is a scrumptious dish.
What do you do with the garnish? Take a picture? Do
you eat it? Move it out of the way? While pretty, it isn’t the main part of the
We often think of Jesus as a garnish. We know He’s
there. We pray occasionally in Jesus’ name. We may refer to Him in an anguished
Jesus should be the whole meal. He should be our sustenance,
not a decoration or the part we shove over to the side of our life. He should
be the centerpiece.
Jesus is the reason for everything. The whole Bible
talks about Him. The Old Testament pointed to Him. Verses describe His birth
and His death. The first four books of the New Testament tell of his birth,
life, death, and resurrection. The remainder of the New Testament tells us why
He came and how to accept Him as our Savior and live a life pleasing to Him.
The last book, Revelation, shows Him as the conquering Redeemer and Judge.
How do you see Jesus? Who is He to you?
Jesus is God. He is the second in the Trinity. He is
Lord of Lords and King of Kings. He willingly came to earth to be born of a
virgin and lived among us, as he grew. He taught His disciples and then He
willingly laid down His life for our sin.
He took your place on the cross. He paid for your sin
so you wouldn’t have to. Have you accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior?
If so, how do you treat Him? Is He Lord of your life?
Or is He placed in the back corner of your mind, like a garnish? Do you only talk to
Him when you need something? We should praise Him. Thank Him. Reverence Him. Love
and obey Him. He desires to be the center of your life.
Jesus Christ wants us to be His disciples. To do that,
we need to love Him more than everything.
In the following verse, the word hate means that those
people are not as important to you as the Lord. Our love for the Lord needs to
be so great it seems like hate for others in comparison.
If you want to be my disciple, you must, by comparison,
hate everyone else—your father and mother, wife and children, brothers and
sisters—yes, even your own life. Otherwise, you cannot be my disciple. And if
you do not carry your own cross and follow me, you cannot be my disciple. (Luke