I love it when bits of conversation catch my attention. I’d heard it before but only this time did my ears perk up.
At the end of the Hallmark movie Murder, She Baked: A Plum Pudding Mystery, the family has gathered for Christmas dinner and end up celebrating the good news of the coming baby of the sister of Hannah Swenson (main character and owner of a bakery/cafe).
Hannah is the voiceover of the celebrants of new life and says…
*There is such joy in celebrating a new life and in knowing you have a second chance at happiness. Sometimes, you don’t know what a recipe is missing until you try it. Or what’s missing from your life…until it flashes in front of you. And then, you see what’s been right before your eyes all along.*
Let’s look at this spiritually. Paul said, “When someone becomes a Christian, he becomes a brand new person inside. He is not the same anymore. A new life has begun!” (2 Cor. 5:17 TLB)
A new life! And what do we feed this new life for it to grow? Remember the sayings? “What you feed on, you become like” and “You are what you eat”?
Paul gives us an answer, “So let us feast upon [Christ] and grow strong in the Christian life, leaving entirely behind us the cancerous old life with all its hatreds and wickedness. Let us feast instead upon the pure bread of honor and sincerity and truth.” (1 Cor. 5:8 TLB)
Are we feeding upon Christ as the Living Bread of Life and drinking of that Living Water? He is our feast! Our Manna from heaven!
But sometimes, that old buried life likes to be resurrected. Enticing us to feed on our old ways.
The Colossian believers did not restrain themselves from mingling with the worldly behavior of those around them. The false teaching of others infected them for they participated in the others’ pagan rites, feasts, and ceremonies, which were not based on God or their new life in Christ.
Paul questioned their worldly behavior, “You have died with Christ and are set free from the ruling spirits of the universe. Why, then, do you live as though you belonged to this world?” (Col. 2:20 GNT)
That’s something we should ask ourselves. We sometimes forget “we have died to the old life we used to live.” (2 Cor. 5:14b TLB)
What is the nourishment you feed your mind and your spirit? Television? News? Wrong music or movies? Etcetera, etcetera. Or the Word! What you put in you, will affect you – one way or the other.
When our soul longs to be fed, we will find satisfaction as David said, “For He satisfies the longing soul, and fills the hungry soul with goodness.” (Ps. 107:9 NKJV)
I have an old, wooden recipe box that belonged to my mom. I once wrote a post about it, called The Recipe Box. She kept all kinds of recipes. But Mom had the best recipes for all of life, even though she probably wouldn’t have known she did.
She was a loving, godly woman and everyone said so. If I boiled it all down to her one recipe, it would be this: Love! She fed on God’s Word and shared His love with all.
Do you have any recipes for life? Maybe there are some missing ingredients. Are you feeding your new life with the right or wrong ingredients to fill in the recipe? Maybe it’s “been right before your eyes all along.” Right there in God’s Recipe…His Word.
His words are Spirit and Life. Feed on them!