This is the time of year where families get together and share meals and good times. One of the many traditions is to try and create a meal, “Just like mom used to make,” or try and recreate, “Grandma’s secret recipe.” In order to accomplish this, one understands he/she must follow the recipe exactly as written. Any additions or subtractions to the ingredients will yield something other than what mom or grandma used to create. The moment we add or take anything away, we are creating our own recipe and thus a different end product.
This same idea can be applied to our spiritual lives. God (in His Word) has provided us with a recipe to create the Christian he wants. If we add to or take away anything we are know producing the Christian He desires but the one we desire. If we are to truly reverence and Him, we must follow the recipe he has provided for us. If we follow His instructions as they are written, we will create His successful Christian.
I recently came across the following “joke: in my email and thought I would share it with everyone. As I consider the information given, it saddens me to think that there really is a lot of truth hidden behind these words.
Today’s Joke – Wed, 09 Nov 2016
Our church was saddened to learn this week of the death of one of our most valued members, Someone Else. Someone’s passing creates a vacancy that will be difficult to fill. Else has been with us for many years and for every one of those years, Someone did far more than a normal person’s share of the work.
Whenever there was a job to do, a class to teach, or a meeting to attend, one name was on everyone’s list, “Let Someone Else do it.” Whenever leadership was mentioned, this wonderful person was looked to for inspiration as well as results; “Someone Else can work with that group.” It was common knowledge that Someone Else was among the most liberal givers in our church. Whenever there was a financial need, everyone just assumed Someone Else would make up the difference.
Someone Else was a wonderful person; sometimes appearing superhuman. Were the truth known, everybody expected too much of Someone Else. Now Someone Else is gone! We wonder what we are going to do.
Someone Else left a wonderful example to follow, but who is going to follow it? Who is going to do the things Someone Else did?
When you are asked to help in your local church this year, remember — they can’t depend on Someone Else anymore. Many hands make little work!