2019. 12. 10.(화)


“God’s Recipe” (Philippians 4:4-9)

[891호 14면, 발행일 : 2019년 6월 12일(수)] When I attended Bible College, I had a professor that said, “Jesus was…

By editor , in Globe , at 2019년 7월 30일

[891호 14면, 발행일 : 2019년 6월 12일(수)]

When I attended Bible College, I had a professor that said, “Jesus was a story teller and I want to be just like Jesus.” He was referring to how Jesus used parables and stories to clearly illustrate what He was trying to share with the people. I would like to connect making a cake with my study today. Let’s say I am going to make a cake. The first thing I would put in the bowl is flour. Then I would add some eggs as well as milk. Everyone loves chocolate, so I better add some chocolate too. I would mix that all together and then I would add some McDonald’s french fries. My son loves those french fries. Oh, I better put some mocha coffee in there too, as my wife is a coffee killer. I’d like to share my cake with you Koreans, so I better add kimchi, as Koreans love kimchi. Now, I will mix that all together and put it into the oven. After it is baked, I will put some creme on it and decorate it real nice. So, let’s say my cake is done. Who would like to try my cake? Probably no one! Even though it looks great from the outside but as soon as you take a bite, it will leave a very bad taste in your mouth.You see, God has a recipe for our lives as Christians. If we follow that recipe, when those of the world take a bite of us, they’ll say what we have is amazing and they want some of it. But the big problem as Christians is, we start changing God’s recipe. We add things in our lives that we feel will make others happy. We become so concerned with what the world expects or what we want in our life that we deviate from God’s recipe. Sure, we can decorate ourselves as good Christians and we will look fantastic from the outside but when someone takes a bite of us, they want to spit us out. They’ll respond, “Huh, is that what a Christian taste like? I don’t want any of that.” In today’s scripture reading Paul lays out for us a good recipe that we can follow as Christians. This recipe requires praise. (verses 4&5)This recipe requires prayer. (verses 6&7) This recipe requires pondering. (verse 8) And finally this recipe requires practice. (verse 9) A Haitian pastor illustrated to his congregation the need for total commitment to Christ. His parable: A certain man wanted to sell his house for $2,000. Another man wanted very badly to buy it, but because he was poor, he couldn’t afford the full price. After much bargaining, the owner agreed to sell the house for half the original price with just one stipulation, he would retain ownership of one small nail protruding from just over the door. After several years, the original owner wanted the house back, but the new owner was unwilling to sell. So, the first owner went out, found the carcass of a dead dog, and hung it from the single nail he still owned. Soon the house became unliveable, and the family was forced to sell the house to the owner of the nail. The Haitian pastor’s conclusion is, “If we leave the Devil with even one small peg in our life, he will return to hang his rotting garbage on it, making it unfit for Christ’s habitation.” May we stick to the recipe that God has for us. When those around us take a bite, may they say, “I want that for my life.”

Scott Radford  |  ysrest@jj.ac.kr
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