Tuesday, December 19, 2006

In the Mix

Tonight I made sausage balls to take to work tomorrow. The recipe is easy!

Ground sausage
Grated cheese
Baking/biscuit mix

Mix and/or knead ingredients together until you can form the mixture into one inch balls and bake until brown.

I put the baking mix in a large mixing bowl. Fine, very loose ingredient. Then the grated cheese. A more coarse ingredient, small individual pieces. Finally the sausage. A thick lump of an ingredient.

To look at these three items, you'd never image that they could ever blend together to produce an edible item. The baking mix is so fine it does not want to cling to the cheese. The cheese is a bit more loose but it only wants to cling to other pieces of cheese. The sausage, oh the sausage. It does not want to break apart or let either of the other two items intermingle with it.

So I have to take my hands and work the sausage loose then pull in the cheese then my hands have to keep kneading to get the baking mix to cling to the other two ingredients. My hands keep pulling in the loose pieces to help them blend into the mix. With patience, it all comes together and when it does nothing can separate it back out. Once blended together you can not pull out any one of the three basic ingredients.

When we come together as the family of our Loving Lord, we all come from different backgrounds.

Those of us who grew up in the church tend to look at those 'in the world' as too different from us. We say we have nothing in common with 'them'. We stick together for protection against 'them'. (sausage)

Those of us who came to know our Loving Lord after 'living hard' tend to look at those from the church background as 'goody two-shoes' who don't know what we've been through'. We tend to want to keep our individuality. We want people to accept us as we are with scars and all as we try to 'fit in' this new life. (cheese)

Others of us just come and go not sure of who we are or why we are here but we are sure that this is where our Loving Lord wants us. We don't really want to 'stick' to anything. We just want to be in the mix. (baking mix)

Then the Holy Spirit starts working. The 'hands' knead us all together. He breaks apart our life long clicks by introducing some one slightly different through a Bible study or prayer group. He puts us beside a Godly "grandmother type" at work and she accepts our individuality and brings us in to the fold at her church. He lets us hear of a new House of Worship that is on fire for our Loving Lord and He gets us excited so we 'stick'. The hands of our Loving Lord knead us all together and we become one in Him. Then when you try to find the original ingredients you can't. All that you can see is Him.

Are you stuck with the sausage and refusing to break free from the clique you grew up with? Will you let Him knead someone different in your life today? Are you course grated cheese that doesn't want to stick to anything that isn't course like you? Will you let Him use you as He mixes you in with those that have known Him a long time? Are you the baking mix that is easily blown from place to place? Will you let Him blend you in where He wants you to be?

1 Corinthians 12:12-13 (The Message) You can easily enough see how this kind of thing works by looking no further than your own body. Your body has many parts—limbs, organs, cells—but no matter how many parts you can name, you're still one body. It's exactly the same with Christ. By means of his one Spirit, we all said good-bye to our partial and piecemeal lives. We each used to independently call our own shots, but then we entered into a large and integrated life in which he has the final say in everything. (This is what we proclaimed in word and action when we were baptized.) Each of us is now a part of his resurrection body, refreshed and sustained at one fountain—his Spirit—where we all come to drink. The old labels we once used to identify ourselves—labels like Jew or Greek, slave or free—are no longer useful. We need something larger, more comprehensive.

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