CROCK POT CHRISTIANS! Over the last few years I have learned some things about cooking meals. I am not a gourmet cook by any means as those who sit at my table will testify but I haven’t lost anyone to food poisoning or caused any serious ailments for anyone. As a former Marine and one of seven children and a visitor to some strange places in the Caribbean there is very little I will not eat and usually enjoy. And as a Pastor you tend to eat at a lot of different homes with a lot of different and sometimes strange meal combinations but usually enjoyable. So in my cooking journey my wife has taught me how to use a crock pot. I think she did this because she thinks you can’t mess things up in a crock pot but I think she underestimates my abilities. Take that statement anyway you want. I like the crock pot because you throw things in there, turn the pot on, leave it and come back and dinner is ready. And if you don’t like the result you just save the food and take it to the next church dinner and you run to Taco Bell for a quick replacement meal. Life is so simple sometimes.
But looking at the crock pot this morning got me to thinking about Christians and how some seem to be crock pot Christians. These folks don’t want to jump into the Christian life too quickly they just want to slowly simmer until they are sure what the results will be. And often crock pot Christians want to throw a lot of things into the pot and hope the result will be great. I have found that doesn’t work too well with my cooking. I have found some kind of recipe usually helps me but hey that is just the kind of person I am. But I have noticed over the years that crock pot Christians who run from place to place looking for the right spiritual ingredients usually don’t find them. God has given us His spiritual recipe and it is found in His book, the bible. Usually if you find a church or group of people who build their lives on God’s recipe book for the Christian life that might be a good “crock pot” for you to jump into. But as in cooking you really do need to check the pot once in a while to make sure the results fulfill the desire the Holy Spirit has placed in you to follow Him and His recipe. Even with a good pot and a good recipe the cook can spoil things and make people sick. But in our Christian life, as in cooking, “Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him. Fear the Lord, you his holy people, for those who fear him lack nothing, (Psalm 3:8-9 NIV). Bon Appetit!