One of my favorite hobbies is cooking. For some cooking is a chore but to me cooking is relaxing and enjoyable. I like to be creative and try new things but because I’m a pragmatic person I also love following the directions. I have discovered that most people aren’t so much bad cooks as they are bad at following the directions. If you can follow the directions and have some skill you can cook about anything.
Now that you are hungry, lets talk about how this relates to your life with God.
This past week at Life’s Oasis we finished up our series on being a “community; loving people to life.” And we talked about what it means to live an abundant life. Elmer gave us two helpful words “attitude and action.” If we want to live an abundant life we need to first change our attitude and align it with Jesus. This comes through prayer, studying the word and being in a healthy and challenging community of believers. Action is then what we do with what we hear. James tells us that we need to not just listen to the teaching, but apply it.
“Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.” -James 1:22
This is what leads us back to cooking.
See, you can not mix random ingredients, apply random cooking methods and expect a gourmet meal. In the same way we can not expect to live life as a random unfocused process of spiritual happenstances and expect to grow in our relationship with God and become the type of Christ followers we should aspire to be.
When people have a hard time knowing for certain what God has told them to do it’s more likely that they are dissatisfied with what they have heard from God, you know… that whole loving one another and forgiveness stuff.
But those are the basics. And like any good chef will tell you, they take a life time to master.