(Thanks to Ruth for the inspiration today.)
I like to cook. I enjoy having a basic recipe and tweaking it. I also love just looking around the fridge and pantry and coming up with some combination. It challenges me and it inspires me. Sometimes it doesn’t turn out the way you envision but other times it far exceeds expectation.
Now, I do not like baking at all. It is too measured and too precise. Misreading the recipe can cause a disaster and that is a lot of pressure. I am sure once you are good at baking there is a lot of experimentation that can go on but for me I will stick with cooking.
Early in the reading today, we read part of a conversation with Jesus and the disciples. He is asked a question about faith and says:
6 But the Master said, “You don’t need more faith. There is no ‘more’ or ‘less’ in faith. If you have a bare kernel of faith, say the size of a poppy seed, you could say to this sycamore tree, ‘Go jump in the lake,’ and it would do it. (The Message)
This response was pointed out to me this morning by Ruth and it caught my eye. This type of conversation is one that I have had with people before. Occasionally, I will hear something like, “If o only had more faith I would…” I understand that thinking as I often struggle with that type of thinking as well.
My default position is to think of faith as I do about baking. I often I need a certain amount and if I do not measure up than I will ruin the recipe. Jesus is challenging that view-point with his disciples and with me.
What if I was able to look at faith as Jesus described? What if I understood that I have faith and that is what God wants? This faith I have can allow me to do incredible things with the power of the Holy Spirit.
What could be accomplished if we just understood that simple fact? We
could would change the world!
Faith- It is what we need. It’s enough.
We are in Day 22 of a 40 day read through the New Testament challenge today. The first 30 days of readings are listed below.
***End Note ***
First 30 Days of Reading
Day 1 – Ash Wednesday
Thursday Day 2 – Mark 5-8
Friday Day 3 Mark 9-12
Saturday Day 4 Mark 13-16
Monday Day 5 1 & 2 Thessalonians
Tuesday Day 6 Galatians
Wednesday Day 7 Philippians & Colossians
Thursday Day 8 Philemon & Ephesians
Friday Day 9 Matthew 1-7
Saturday Day 10 Matthew 8-12
Monday Day 11 Matthew 13-18
Tuesday Day 12 Matthew 19-24
Day 13 Wednesday Matthew 25-28
Thursday Day 14 1 Corinthians 1-9
Friday Day 15 1 Corinthians 10-16
Saturday Day 16 2 Corinthians 1-13
Monday Day 17 Romans 1-8
Tuesday Day 18 Romans 9-16
Wednesday Day 19 Luke 1-3
Thursday Day 20 Luke 4-7
Friday Day 21 Luke 8-11
Saturday Day 22 Luke 12-16
Today Monday Day 23 Luke 17-21
Tuesday Day 24 Luke 22-24
Wednesday Day 25 Acts 1-6
Thursday Day 26 Acts 7-10
Friday Day 27 Acts 11-16
Saturday Day 28 Acts 17-22
Monday Day 29 Acts 23-28
Tuesday Day 30 1 & 2 Timothy and Titus