Anyone who has ever served at a new church plant knows the smooth worship service, friendly atmosphere, and organized set up and tear down of equipment doesn’t happen on its own.
It takes lots of prayer, planning, and a solid team of dedicated people.
I love it, but after each successful service, we are HUNGRY.
One new lunch spot we found is a small Chinese restaurant, called “East Garden.”
During our most recent visit, we opened up our fortune cookies to find some pretty amazing “fortunes.”
Like, they were good.
So good, in fact, that one of the founding pastors and I decided to start using some of them as inspiration.
“If the cake is bad, what good is the frosting?”
Imagine a delicious, moist, warm cake fresh out of oven.
The smell is heavenly and you’re tempted to eat it right there out of the pan before it cools down enough to spread the frosting on top. (If you’re anything like me, you’re picturing something chocolate.)
But what if that delicious cake had a tablespoon of poison mixed in? Would you still eat it?
Of course not.
How about a tiny pinch?
Hopefully your answer is the same.
No matter how small the amount of poison, it’s still harmful. Layering frosting on top, or adding other good ingredients won’t cancel out the poison.
It’s the same with our relationship with Christ.
Even if it’s just a tiny pinch of something harmful, it’s still a tiny pinch too much and will become a wedge between you and God.
Ways our “cake” could be poisoned:
- A pinch of poison: Idols
When we prioritize something above or before our relationship with Jesus, it’s called an idol.
Even serving in a church can become an idol if we begin to put our ministry responsibilities before our personal prayer time and reading Scripture.
Asking the Holy Spirit to root out anything that could potentially become an idol should be our daily routine.
- A heap of poison: Being double-minded
This is what idol worship gradually evolves into when it’s not stopped early enough.
When we’ve allowed enough pinches of poison into our cake, we begin to not only focus on one idol, but multiple idols until we’ve created a double mind…or maybe even a double life.
The ramifications are serious.
The longer we allow ourselves to have a double mind, the more comfortable we are in the world and the more painful and uncomfortable it is to reset our lives back to the way God is calling us to live.
Leaving it up to ourselves for spiritual correction will never work.
The Holy Spirit was given to us for a number of reasons, such as guidance, wisdom, and discernment. But God also uses His Spirit for correction.
No matter how “good” we think we are, our inherent sinful nature is still inside of us at war with the way God created us to be.
6 All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags; we all shrivel up like a leaf, and like the wind our sins sweep us away. ~Isaiah 64:6
Whether it’s idol worship or double-mindedness, God never intended us to be swept away by our sins. He sent His son, Jesus, to save us from our sins.
Why cling to a life that pulls us from Him?
16 So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. 17 For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want. ~Galatians 5:16-17
Walk and live by the Spirit so your cake is ready for Kingdom purposes. Don’t miss out on what He has for your life!