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On Tuesday morning I finished my first ever fast…

Now anyone who knows me will know that I love my food. And you’ll also know that I’m pretty skinny and so can legitimately (it seems) indulge my passion! So fasting was an interesting excercise.

While I was sitting there, feeling the rumblings of an empty stomach my mind started to drift to a roast dinner – a sumptuous feast of roast pork, with crisp roasted potatoes, that are soft in the middle, roasted parsnip, soft at one end and crisp at the other, honey roasted carrots, yorkshire puddings, stuffing, a rich gravy and of course… crackling!!!

And as I was thinking about this I realised that my desire for that feast, which will fill me for a few hours, is so much greater than my desire for the feast that waits for us in the new heaven on earth. Jesus said that his disciples would fast when he was gone. There’d be a longing for his return. So I prayed that I would have a greater longing, a greater hunger for his return than I do for my next meal. If only we had such a hunger! If it’s anything even close to my desire for food then it’s going to be life changing, life-directing.

So is it worth it? Oh yes – if it makes me love Jesus more, see my need for God to sustain me and long for the day when Jesus will return with a hunger that will only be satisfied on that day then it is definitely worth it. Roll on next time…


Below is some teaching I’m doing this morning in our team about fasting… It’s based mostly on John Piper’s book on the subject…

Fasting :: Some studies in Matthew

1. Fasting… expresses our dependence on God and reveals our idols

Matt 4:1-4

How do you feel when you are hungry?

Are there other things without which you find it hard to function?

Read Matt 4:1-4

1Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted by the devil. 2After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. 3The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.” 4Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”

Jesus had just been baptised. At his baptism God declares that Jesus is his son, with whom he is pleased. These words echo Psalm 2:7 where David, the greatest King of Israel and her representative, is described in such a way. Not only is the representative of Israel described in this way but Israel herself is too, for instances in Exodus 4:22. God declares Jesus to be his Son, the ‘true’ Israel. Read the rest of this entry »

Michael Tinker is a professional musician and part of the Crowded House which is a church planting initiative in Sheffield and around the world. He's a follower of Jesus, Husband, Father, member of a Gospel Community, Musician and avid follower of fashion...

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