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Listen while you read: "Praise To The Lord The Almighty"1 (Lyrics)
1 John 5:11-12 – And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life. (NIV)
A lady I once worked with was complaining that her muffins never turned out. I shared that I had a no-fail recipe and would bring it in to work for her. She was quite pleased.
I did take the recipe in, and she asked me if it was definitely a no-fail one. I assured her that it was. When I left, she was busy getting ready to start the muffins.
The next day, she announced that the muffin recipe had failed, and had turned out terribly, in fact. I was somewhat taken aback, but knowing this person as I did, I also suspected why the goodies had not been a success.
Upon inquiring as to whether she had followed the recipe exactly, I discovered that she had substituted several key ingredients, as she did not have some of them. She also introduced a completely new flavour, thinking that this would work better than the listed one.
Unfortunately, this was a habit with this lady. She believed that she was exercising her creativity, but ultimately, her own wisdom and creativity always led to baking disasters.
Similarly, we live in a time when people worldwide believe that they don't need to follow God's recipe for their lives. They substitute idols, such as materialism, power, and status, for Jesus and the salvation that He offers. They believe that all faiths are equal and lead to eternal life. They take the Scriptures and interpret them to fit their own recipe of beliefs rather than allowing scriptural truth to guide and shape their beliefs. Unfortunately for many, they may discover too late that their version of God's fail-proof recipe has, in fact, turned out quite terribly in regards to eternity.
After all, any no-fail recipe works successfully only when we follow the recipe exactly.
So today, may each of us consider the recipe that we are following for our lives: the fail-proof one that God has laid out for us in the Scriptures, or our own creative version of it. The choice is ours. But let us choose wisely, for our eternity depends upon it.
Prayer: Thank You, Lord, that in Your love, mercy, and wisdom, You have given us the no-fail recipe for life and eternity. May we have hearts that seek Your truth alone and the wills to apply it, that we might know the Son in whom we have access to life eternal. In Christ's name, we pray. Amen.