Praise be to God for the many blessings… I can’t even finish that thought fully. There’s too much to be thankful for. Amen.
I love Thanksgiving. We host dinner in our home and family gathers from all over to enjoy the day together. I love cooking for Thanksgiving and appreciate a family who shares in the effort by bringing side dishes. Dinner is a community event in more than one way. Everyone pitches in…and everyone partakes.
I know many would say that the turkey is the focal point of Thanksgiving dinner, but I beg to differ. No dish is more significant than another. No ingredient is greater than another. They are all complimentary and one without the other(s) is just an ingredient. Let me illustrate…Turkey without stuffing? Can you imagine mac and cheese without the cheese? Mashed potatoes without a splash of milk? Cranberries without that accent of orange…oh, mercy. Ham WITH beans. Period.
I wonder though. What is more important- An ingredient, a dish, or the hands that select, combine and orchestrate the fusion of these things coming together?
There is something on my mind and heart today. I have not felt the strong urge to blog in a while and today I could not get away from it. So I am going to take this moment to think out loud, evaluate my position, and challenge you to do the same. Do we try to make God an ingredient in our lives instead of giving him the honor and position of Master Chef? I wouldn’t usually refer to my Lord in culinary terms. It seems a little “lowly” to refer to the Creator of life in that manner. But, this is what has been on my mind today. It’s an issue of surrender…completely.
I recall a skit that the youth did in church a few years ago. A teenage girl had given her life to Jesus. She was talking to him and she acknowledged that she was giving her life to him. That position of control and authority in this skit was represented with a stool. Yep…a run of the mill kitchen island height stool. This young lady gave Jesus the stool and invited him to sit down and she stood alongside him. When a certain decision came up with regard to school, or a potential suitor or a moral dilemma- she would slowly and gradually bump Jesus to the side…inch by inch she would reclaim that stool until Jesus was standing next to her and her rear occupied that seat. It was funny to watch, but hit very close to home for many of us. Unfortunately, I think it’s all too common. We only want to put Jesus in the seat until his ways counter our desires.
Attempting to “add” Jesus to your life doesn’t work. There is no equal to Jesus. He can not be an ingredient. Remember? Ingredients are all equal and work together to create the culinary masterpiece. Therefore, I deduce that he has to assume the honored, high position of Master Chef. If I give HIM control the RIGHT ingredients come together as the Holy Spirit overflows into me. These ingredients are selected by God. The Chef looks at this dish (Yes, I just referred to myself as a dish…sorry, I couldn’t resist) and begins to extract, skim, boil, steam and bake out the impurities. And then he seasons, bastes, marinades, sprinkles and fuses me with His goodness, His will and His glory. It’s all His.
I can’t select the ingredients of my life out of MY will and expect Him to be added to it. I can’t tell Jesus that I am going to take a night job that doesn’t honor him in the name of the almighty dollar and then ask that effort to be blessed by the Almighty God. I can’t say, “Lord, I know that your word says this…but, I’m going to do that instead…come up along side of me and walk with me.” No. He can’t be added. He must be the over it all.
Matthew 6:33 says, “Seek ye first the kingdom of God and HIS righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you.” What things? All those things like clothes, food, shelter.
Philippians 4:19 reminds us that “My God will supply all your need according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” And to that I say, IN CHRIST JESUS…all my need has been filled already!
And this is the scripture that was on my heart as I began writing this morning…
2 Peter 1
According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:
Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;
And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness;
And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.
For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins.
Mercy, I don’t even know how to wrap this up or complete this series of thoughts. I guess I am still pondering it. I don’t want to take second-rate ingredients that fell off the back of a produce truck and ask God to be a part of it when I can get something much better…created by the Master Himself.
Lord, in this confused conglomeration of thoughts this morning- let Your Word and desire for me simmer and season in me. As I place faith in You, add to me knowledge, temperance, patience, godliness and virtue that can only come from You. Help me to seek You first and not what I think I need.