I remember the smell so vividly as a child. Mom would make apple cakes during the Fall each year. The very first one would be for my dad’s birthday – October 20th. So from the time I was a child the smell of that cake filled our house and signaled the beginning of a new season around the Moody house. There is something very uplifting about making something from it’s fundamental ingredients. It’s pretty amazing to take those ingredients and mix them together to create something that is so enjoyable to eat. This is precisely what God does with us in the process of discipleship. We see that He takes the raw ingredients of our lives to form and shape us into the very person we were made to be. (Ephesians 2:10)
Enjoy with People
Good food is best when enjoyed with company. There is something about time around the table with good friends. The conversation over a meal and topping it off with coffee and dessert seems to make the moment come alive. There is nothing quite like the relationships and community built around a meal. I believe God takes something so common and uses it to stir the soul. Take a simple look at the Bible and we see so much discipleship around a table. In the Bible life change with Jesus often happened around a meal. There is something organic about a meal and conversation that often brings about deep discussion about topics that matter. Think about Zacchaeus or the disciples at the Last Supper – they were never the same after those meals.
The Hot Oven
Once the batter is mixed together the ingredients are then heated up to form the cake. If the heat is not applied to the raw material it would not be enjoyable or even eatable at all. This is exactly what the Bible teaches us. Just like the cake is baked at a temp of 350 degrees so we also need to experience the heat of life and trials to shape and make us. The scriptures tells us we are salted with fire and to rejoice in our suffering because it is accomplishing something we can’t without it. God takes our lives and puts us through the fire to shape us and accomplish his will/purpose. (James 1/Philippians 1)
Discipleship Takes Time
God is completing us as we walk with him. This takes so much time and in typical fashion we want this to happen in a hurry. We want to look more like Christ but often we do not want to put in the hard work. We must realize Christ-likeness only happens in the furness. Like a diamond or a pearl only look beautiful forged through the passing of time so it is with the disciple who diligently pursues Christ daily. Stay the course and let God use you. May the Lord change you over time and realize you can change it will just take longer than you thought. But the Gospel still works and that is a great truth of following Jesus.
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