Cooking is certainly not on my list of talents. I usually have to follow a recipe word for word and even then, it doesn’t always come out how it should. I do have a few standard dishes I happen to be good at. I generally tend to just stick to those recipes. I know them by heart and figure they are at least editable.
While I may not have the best success with recipes, I do feel like I am starting to get a handle on a recipe for how to live life closer to Christ. Do I mess this up sometimes too? Of course. However, I find if I try and follow the same daily recipe, God starts cooking up some amazing things in my life.
Ingredient 1- Prayer How much? All of the time. Verse: Colossians 4:22 Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.
Pray in the mornings. Pray in the car. Pray in the bed. I pray in the shower. Always keep an ongoing dialogue with Jesus. Try and also set aside a quiet time (mornings are the best in my opinion) to sit and talk with Him. Turn your cellphone off and don’t look at your laptop. It just needs to be you and Him.
Ingredient 2- Scripture How much? Daily Doses Verse: Jeremiah 23:29 Is not my word like fire, declares the Lord, and like a hammer that breaks the rock in pieces?
You know how you look at Pinterest daily for how to’s on everything? How do I do this? Or how do I make that? Think of the Bible as Pinterest for your soul. Don’t know where to start? A very wise man once told me to start with the Book of John. Overwhelmed by the text? Get a study Bible. I’ve been reading the Old Testament for the past 5 months and even after using all of my reading specialist super powers, I still have to look up a lot of things. Yes, it can be confusing. I mean it was written a really, really, really long time ago. It is still the most important book you will ever read.
Ingredient 3-Church How much? At least once a week. (But try and go a little more if you can) Verse: Hebrews 10:24-25 “And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.”
People tell me all of the time that they don’t need to go to church. They come up with lots of reasons too. My answer? You can’t, and you won’t, grow with Jesus unless you are surrounded by other believers. Sure you can talk to Him all you want. You can read the Bible all you want too- but you are always going to be a step behind. Trust me, I have been there. Church families not only help you grow, they also help keep you accountable. You have an entire family of Brothers and Sisters in Christ now looking out for you. Get out of your bubble. God wants us to be challenged.
I know a lot of Goldilocks out there who can’t ever seem to find the “just right” church. “This one was too big.” “This one was too small.” “This one was too uppity.” “This one was too conservative.” I have been there too. I try and keep in mind that I go to church to serve Jesus. It’s not the other way around. Find a church that’s grounded in the scripture and try and stick with it. Try and go more than once a week too. I don’t want to just be a Sunday visitor. I want to be in it to win it.
Once you start your new recipe, is Satan going to try his hardest to get you to mess it all up?
Is he going to try and stop you from praying, from reading scripture,from finding your church family?
That’s why you need to arm yourself with God’s weapons- prayer, scripture and believers.
Put on the full armor of God and watch what happens in your life.
You will find out what kind of Chef God really is.