Who Wants to Lick the Spoon?

by Joanna Pierce on December 26, 2018

Who wants to lick the spoon? If you ever want to witness a human-stampede, come and hang out with my family when this phrase is uttered.

When we’re cleaning up the dinner table and a serving utensil could use a “cleaning” before heading into the sink, my mom will ask this in a sing-song voice. There’s typically less pinching and eye-poking at this juncture because the crew has already had a taste of the current entrée. However, there’s still a fight for the last lick to satiate the pallet.

But, when it comes to the pre-meal—or better yet, the pre-dessert lick—don your elbow pads, boxing gloves, and eye black because you’re in for a fight. There’s something about getting to sample food before anyone else, even if it’s just a little taste. It helps set the stage for your taste buds, salivary glands, and stomach of what’s yet to be devoured. You can hardly contain your excitement for the dessert to emerge from the oven or dinner to be served.

And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body. For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for? But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it (Romans 8:23–25, KJV).

I love this Scripture setting. It’s almost like God wrote it knowing the future spoon-licking tournaments my family would observe multiple times a year. However, that’s not really what it’s about (but close…)

Believers have the Holy Ghost: a foretaste of our future glory. In other Scriptures, the Holy Ghost is described as the earnest (or down payment) of our inheritance (II Corinthians 1:22; Ephesians 1:14). It gives us a desire for more of what God has in store for us in Heaven, a time when we’re not bound by sin and suffering.

To me, this mirrors our spoon-licking activities here on earth. We get a taste of something awesome and then long to have more of it. The “brains” of our day say more of something doesn’t always equal better, but when it comes to the Holy Ghost (and food), I have to disagree! A little lick isn’t all I want of my mom’s mashed potatoes—I want to eat a huge pile at dinner! I also yearn to experience the Holy Ghost without measure as well as an immortal and incorruptible body (I Corinthians 15:53–54).

A small difference, however, is when my mom offers up the spoon, there’s only one person who gets it. There’s no way two are partaking (we’re family, but we don’t share cooties). Conversely with God, we’re all given a chance to “lick the spoon” when we’re first saved. When we repent and are baptized in the name of Jesus, His promise to all is the gift of the Holy Ghost (Acts 2:38–39). After our initial infilling, we don’t have to wait around for another spoon—we can experience the Holy Ghost every day of our life!

While the Holy Ghost is active and alive in our lives, we still must patiently wait for God to roll out the red carpet and invite all of us to the dinner table (and/or when He serves His heavenly angel food cake). I don’t know about you, but when that day comes, my spoon-licking days will be over. I’m all in for the full meal deal. I desire all of what God has to offer in Heaven and the change that will happen in my life!

If you haven’t yet had a foretaste (licking the spoon) of what God has for you today, find an alter of prayer, a body of water, and come running when God offers up His spoon (the Holy Ghost). You won’t be disappointed, and you’ll eagerly wait for the rest of the meal awaiting you in Heaven.