Monday, September 16, 2013

How Important Are Ingredients?

Years ago, someone special to me represented/sold a product that wasn’t in my budget at the time. I was intrigued by the product and the results it promised so I found a ‘similar’ product and tried it. The product was only similar because both products shared the main ingredient.

As most of you know, I’ve been getting healthy this year. Part of my get healthy regimen includes an all-natural supplement which I’ve chosen to represent. One of the people that I’ve told about my journey said to me recently, “Oh, yeah, we bought some blah, blah, blah and we are taking it.” My quizzical look led them to continue. “It’s the main ingredient in the product you are using.

At first I thought, “Hmmm, what go around comes around.” Then I remembered that way back when, using the ‘other’ product did nothing for me.

And that got me to thinking more J

Most people love my Mom’s Chicken ‘n Dumplings. So what’s the main ingredient in those dumplings? Well, by raw volume, it’s flour. So following the “You only need the main ingredient” philosophy, can I boil some flour for you and call it dumplings?

I love Key Lime Pie! It gets its flavor from, of all things, Key Limes. But would I just sit down and eat a whole Key lime?

So whether it’s the product that wasn't in my budget, the supplements I enjoy today, my Mom’s biscuits, Key Lime Pie, or something else, we need to remember that someone, somewhere, over time, worked on a recipe to make that thing effective for its purpose.  They somehow figured out all the things that need to come together to make the recipe successful.

Our Loving Lord has done that as well. He has laid out the plan and provided us with a variety of ways to serve Him and show our love for Him. While I don’t believe there is a ‘formula’ for the Christian life, I do believe it takes more than one ingredient to live a successful Christian life. It’s not just reading His words. It’s not just going to church. It’s not just praying. It’s not just witnessing. It’s not just serving one another.  While all those things are good on their own, relying on just one of them is like eating the Key Lime hoping for the same satisfaction as eating Key Lime Pie.

Little Lesson Life Expression
Are you trying to sustain your Christian life with a steady diet of just one ingredient? What is our Loving Lord leading you to add to your personal recipe for living a life that glorifies Him? How will you start doing that this week?

Romans 11:19-20 The Message (MSG)
It’s certainly possible to say, “Other branches were pruned so thatI could be grafted in!” Well and good. But they were pruned because they were deadwood, no longer connected by belief and commitment to the root. The only reason you’re on the tree is because your graft “took” when you believed, and because you’re connected to that belief-nurturing root. So don’t get cocky and strut your branch. Be humbly mindful of the root that keeps you lithe and green.