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Topic: Cooking or Baking (01/04/07)
TITLE: Slow Cooked
By Kristoffer Riley
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Any cook worth their weight in self-rising flour will tell you that to apply this philosophy to the kitchen is treacherous. Try to rush poultry or pork and you can go ahead and book yourself a date with George Clooney because you’re going to the ER. Get hasty with a cake and watch your husband try his best to act like its edible. Speed through a casserole and see your children pretend that rice is supposed to be crunchy.
Taking a hindsight view of society, we can see that ‘overnight’ success stories are really not that at all. We are all witnesses to the seemingly sudden rise to the forefront of various industries, but rarely do we see the failures and insecurities that preceded this excellence.
Thankfully, when God sprinkles, disperses, and blends the ingredients that make up our lives, He is not in such a rush as we. You see, He allowed Moses to marinate in the courts of Pharaoh for 40 years before sending him to slow cook at his father-in-law’s for another four decades. Then, once he was thoroughly cooked, he released him for 40 years of ministry in the wilderness.
Sadly, too many in the church today resent such time consuming processes. Unbeknownst to many, this is the process of God. Look again at Moses; then at David, Abraham, Elisha, Joshua, and the Apostle Paul, and our Lord Jesus. These were no flash in the pan leaders. They each had dramatic impact on the lives of others that directly correlates to their submitting to the process of God.
A Theological degree cannot create in you the character necessary to lead a people. Countless seminars and years of Bible school cannot make you a shepherd or a leader after God’s own heart. This is equivalent to shortcuts in the kitchen. The outer appearance may be appealing, but can it provide the nourishment and vitamins conducive to growth or will it leave those that partake of it on a date with Clooney?
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