Church Fellowship Devotional

This devotional was written for a food fellowship.

All Cooked Up

Julia Bettencourt

Posted May 15, 2013


But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.  Galatians 5:22,23


Potatoes come in a lot of varieties from the white, red, fingerling, to the Russet, and a few more and they can be cooked in various ways.  As Christians, we can be "cooked" in a lot of different ways as well.

The choices we make in life will help form how we turn out in the end.  We want our choices to reflect all those fruits of the spirit that Galatians 5 talks about so we have to be careful and not get "cooked" in the wrong way.



Don't Get Scalloped.

Scalloping a dish requires us to put whatever we are using in some kind of sauce, like that rich, creamy, cheesy sauce we use for scalloped potatoes.


What about us? What have we been immersed in?  Is it the love of God?  Have we spent time with the Lord before we go about our day or are we dripping with bad attitudes and hateful temperaments?


When we scallop something, it normally forms that crusty goodness on top, like on scalloped potatoes of which I am a fan.  That crustiness is great on potatoes, but not on people.  Have you developed a callousness to your shell?  Do you say crusty words?  Get a little grumpy?

Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking,be put away from you, with all malice: And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you.  Ephesians 4:31,32



Don't Get Boiled.

Boiling water is fantastic for cooking potatoes, but boiling doesn't bode so well for Christians.  We are not to get boiling mad.  Got a red face with smoke billowing out your ears?  There are so many verses concerning anger in the Bible.


Look what it says in Ephesians 4:26.

Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath.



Don't Get Mashed.

Are you one of those Christians that have gotten mashed?  Do you feel discouraged?  Allowed the mixers and beaters of the world to get you down?  Pressed down about as far as you feel you can go?


It's easy to get that way.  We all have times when we get down, but we have to work on not allowing it to happen and not allowing ourselves to stay down once we are.  We have to reach to the Lord to get back up and find our joy in Him.  We have to rely on His strength and not our own.

I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.  Philippians 4:13



Don't Get Baked.

I enjoy a baked potato.  Sometimes when I'm in a hurry, I put them in the microwave but there's just something about the ones that have actually baked in the oven.


Again, the process of baking is great for potatoes, but not for Christians.  We can get burnt.  Do we allow ourselves to get baked in the world?  Do we allow what's out there to affect us?  Do we need to change our choice of tv shows, books, magazines, or friends?  When the heat of the world seeps in, it can get baked right into us until people can't even tell we are Christians.

I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.   Romans 12:1,2



Don't Get Fried.

When I was little my mom fried potatoes a lot.  She would always fry them in a cast iron skillet and get it really hot with a little oil. Mmm.  They were always so good.


Potatoes can survive the heat and the oil, but when we go dipping our feet into the vat of sin, we can really end up hurting ourselves.  The burn of sin scars us.  Sure, the Lord forgives us if we ask Him, but there are always going to be consequences to our sin.

The consequences of our sin may not just affect us and our testimony for the Lord, but sometimes splatters out of the skillet and onto our family and other relationships.  Sin clogs up our lives.

Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.  Galatians 6:7,8



Conclusion:

Life boils down to the choices we make, and as Christians we have to be so careful or we end up being "cooked" in ways that we don't want to be.  We just have to be diligent about how we go about every single day.  We have to allow ourselves to be "cooked" up in ways that glorify the Lord.


We have to choose to be that "sweet" potato.  How can we show the love of Christ if we're running around with crusty attitudes, are ill tempered, have steam coming out of our ears, are discouraged, or become worldly Christians?  We are to be Christ-like.

I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.  Galatians 2:20

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.  Galatians 5:22,23


I know I'm not always a "sweet" potato.  There's always something I need to work on.

So, how are you cooked?


Copyright ©2013 Julia Bettencourt
Scripture References are from the King James Version.
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