A few days ago the family was watching television when an ad for some new omega-3 pill came on. It was a run of the mill ‘your heart needs this stuff’ commercial but what stood out was that they promised “no fishburps!”
I am not a consumer of fish oil pills but I understand that one side effect of taking these pills is the likelihood of burping a fishy flavor. It’s like eating a bad fish special at the local diner and regretting it later, without the actual eating or local diner. So we can all imagine how fishburps are less than desirable. It just seemed funny using it as a marketing pitch.
The fishburps also had me thinking about having something inside of us that comes out when least expected. What we put in the body will inform what comes out. Shift beyond foodstuffs and think of the truth of it pertaining to other things.
Jesus gives us the spiritual reality of this when he teaches that “for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks” (Luke 6:45). A heart filled with evil, speaks and does evil. A heart filled with love, speaks and acts in love. Straightforward.
This week as I am studying Romans 5 I was reminded of fishburps as I read “God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.” (Romans 5:5). Out of the abundance of the heart my mouth speaks… The Spirit is pouring God’s love into my heart. This is amazing.
I want more of this. I want to be so full of Jesus that I burp him out. I want to be so drenched in the gospel of grace that others smell it on me. To petition the Spirit to pour more love in, to see the glory of God in Scripture and to be reminded over and over again of the grace of Christ, his work and gift of righteousness, these things prepare the soul for burping. I am all for it and I hope you are too.
Taking a cue from the anti-fishburp people, my new pitch is this: “come hear the gospel, Jesus-burps included.”