Happy New Year! With all the fear and anxiety around the world, we have been invited into God’s rest the place of peace, safety and abundance. Evan teaches in this video: 2013; Be at rest and He will make it your best. Understand the rest of God and why it is so important to you all the time, and more so in troubled times.
Years ago, a Christmas cookie recipe was passed down to me. At that time, I had never made any. Tasted them yes, and they were the absolute best. I was like the cookie monster, more cookies, more cookies please!
Later, when I became a mom, I thought I would get the recipe out and make some. After digging through all my recipes, I found it. In large red letters it said, “This is it, Christmas cookies.”
I was so excited to get started. I wanted to see my children’s eyes light up, when they saw these cookies. I could hear them saying, “mommy there so pretty, mommy there so yummy!”
I quickly assembled my bowls, measuring cups, spoons, and mixer. Next the ingredients, and viola I had them all. With such excitement, I began to read off the recipe, and mix all the ingredients.
Suddenly all that excitement was gone. There was one ingredient I thought must have been put there by mistake. My mind was racing, what am I going to do now? I saw visions again of my little children saying mommy there pretty, but they taste yucky! Quickly, I got a hold of my mind, as my children were sitting with sad faces, in my head.
It was decision time for mommy. I can’t let my children down. “The recipe must not have meant this ingredient,” I thought. So off I was happy and cheering myself that I could fix this mistake. I finished the dough by substituting the ingredient. After the dough had time to chill, I got out my rolling pin and cookie cutters.
Next, the first batch of cookies was in the oven. Eight minutes later, they were done. I eagerly waited and when they were cooled off, I took a big bite. “Oh no! They do not taste right! In fact, their yucky! Well, it must be because there is no frosting on it,” I thought. I added frosting, and took another bite, and it still tasted yucky!
I could not figure out what I did wrong. I went over the recipe again. I looked and thought, I added this, and that ingredient. I then came to that mysterious ingredient that I was sure was put in the recipe by mistake. Could it be it was not a mistake? That it actually was supposed to be a part of the recipe, and that I did not need to substitute it for something else?
Pulling out the trash can, I dumped the cookies and the dough. Cleaning up the mess, I started over. Mixing all the ingredients, including the one I didn’t think belonged.
I waited anxiously for the dough to chill. Then it was time to roll the dough and use the cookie cutters again. I slid the cookie sheet in the oven. Eight minutes later it was almost time to take the taste test once again. Cautiously, I took a small bite. As I did the vision returned of my children, only this time dancing, in my head, saying; “mommy they’re so pretty, mommy there so yummy!”
That one ingredient, was no mistake. It was what made these cookies so tasty and wonderful. I discovered that day, that I did not need to substitute anything.
What do Christmas cookies have to do with the Gospel of Grace? I’m glad you asked that question. When you decide, or some well-meaning friend such as Job had, tells you that you need to ‘do something’ to make it right with God; then you make yourself the substitute; the sacrifice, and things do not go well. That is what Paul calls “another gospel.” Instead stick with the gospel of Grace, remember Jesus and what He has already done for you, and how much He loves you. You are innocent, guiltless, and faultless. You are intensely loved by God! Merry Christmas from all of us at Grace Without Measure Ministries. Now go, reign in life today as a king! ~Sue~
Grace and peace to everyone. Season your conversations with grace (His undeserved favor) today. Seasoning your conversation with grace, announcing to those you converse with what God has done for them in Christ, is the kind of seasoning that will forever change a persons’ life.
Many times in our lives, we have experienced “getting a piece of someone’s mind,” it usually happens to be the “piece” that no one wants. Romans 1:17 (Mirror Translation) tells us; herein lies the secret of the power of The Gospel; there is no good news in it until the righteousness of God is revealed! God now persuades everyone to believe what He knows to be true about them. The prophets wrote in advance about the fact that God believes that righteousness unveils the life that He always had in mind for us. “Righteousness by His faith defines life.”
When we give someone a piece of our mind, why not give them the piece that informs them of how much God loves them, and how highly favored they are because of the finished work of the cross. Paul’s conversation, even in correction, was seasoned with grace, because he pointed his hearer back to the cross, reminding them of who they are in Christ.
Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone. (Colossians 4:6 NIV)
You want to turn someone’s mistake into victory? Try letting your conversation be full of God’s unmerited favor (grace) towards the one your talking to, seasoned with the preserving power of salt. After all we are the salt of the earth, and salt preserves. Build up those you talk to, with love and the attractiveness of what Jesus has done for them. Reveal the righteousness of God to them. This kind of conversation can turn tragedy into triumph. Let your conversation reveal the righteousness of God in the life of those you speak to today, thus unleashing the good news in their lives.