Why is it that some food that’s really good for you is an acquired taste and junk foods are so easy to like? I don’t know too many young kids who say, “Hey mom, pile on those vegetables. I can’t get enough of them. Naw, I don’t want another piece of candy; another bowl of ice cream. I’m cravin’ those veggies.”
Eating well is a learned skill, and so it turns out, is living well.
I have noticed that most of my sins feel good when I do them. They are shall we say, easy to swallow. I enjoy them. They make me feel good, albeit temporarily. Sometimes I don’t even feel conviction for doing them. Oh, I know they’re wrong but why quit? They’re too much fun. I can always give them up tomorrow. But now I might as well enjoy them.
Then I remember the vegetable analogy. And realize that just as the good taste of vegetables must be cultivated, so it is with the cultivating of right behavior. The “good taste” of doing what is right is acquired. It doesn’t come naturally but with time, we can change what we like.
In prayer, a friend of mine is fond of saying, “Lord, teach me to love what you love, and hate what you hate.” She knows from experience as a believer that doing the right thing, is an acquired taste. And she often asks God to teach her how to do what is right. I like that.
The writer of Hebrews gives us a clearer picture from the life of Moses.
“By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be known as the son of Pharaoh’s daughter. He chose to be mistreated along with the people of God rather than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin. He regarded disgrace for the sake of Christ as of greater value than the treasures of Egypt, because he was looking ahead to his reward.” Hebrews 11:24-27
If Moses made a choice to do what is right, trusting God to help him acquire the taste of better choices, knowing that his “better choices” would bring mistreatment by his “Egyptian brothers,” then so can we.
Something to think about.