Welcome to my kitchen. You’ll notice that my oven sits directly below my microwave. You will also notice that its paint is chipping, and that the dish towel on the left has its own unique bleach spotted pattern.This is my reality and represents where I am and what I want to become. Spiritually speaking, I resemble a microwave. I want to be an oven.
James 1:22-25 says:
“But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like. But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing.”
Just “nuke it”: the appeal
My desire to prepare meals from scratch is non-existent. I believe that eating out every night of the week is a totally acceptable discipline. This is why I have such a fond affection for my microwave. It heats up pre-made food quickly. None of the fuss and none of the mess. I can “nuke it” and move on with life.
The same cannot be said about my oven. The food that I place in there is painstakingly cleaned, measured, peeled, and stirred. If I actually make it to this point in the recipe, I have to then cook the food at a predetermined temperature–which takes forever to do. Now, I will admit that the wait is worth it. The end result tastes better than nuked food. Yet I do not like to wait. As I stare at the timer, my “nuke it” tendencies beckon to me once again.
Just “nuke it”: the danger
Sometimes I approach the Word of God with a “nuke it” type attitude. I read it, absorb it quickly, swallow it, and then move on. But move on to what?
What could possibly be more important?
If I am not careful, I can jump from one Bible study workbook to another. Sure, one particular day of homework convicts me or grabs my attention. But I move on, quickly swallowing this verse and underlining that point. At the end of various studies, I have actually found myself thinking: what did I really learn or has my attitude or actions really changed?
Can you relate?
It is not the Bible study author’s fault. It is my fault. I approached the study with a “nuke it” attitude.
Unfortunately, there are times when I bring this same attitude with me to church. I can remember thinking: well that sermon just did not move me or speak to me. Oh, Tracy. Whenever the Word of God is preached from the pulpit, how could I not be moved or convicted?
I am not moved or convicted because I did not let the Word of God cook in my heart during the days that followed. I chose to “nuke” the Word of God instead.
A One Degree moment:
God took centuries to lovingly and meticulously compile the Scriptures that we feast upon today. Why do I flip through the Bible like a magazine, or treat it like an intriguing billboard?
I don’t want to be a mere hearer, but a doer. In order for this to happen, I must take my time in God’s Word. I need to allow my heart and mind to be peeled and stirred by my Heavenly Father. I need to allow God’s Word to cook in me.
Like James wrote above, I want to taste God’s blessing in my life. I pray that your spiritual tastebuds desire blessing too…
My challenge to you:
Pick 1 verse from a recent Bible study, devotion, blog, or book that recently challenged you. Strive to memorize and meditate on just that 1 verse for at least 1 week. I pray that it would cook in your heart and equip you to be a doer of what it says; enabling you to bring glory to your Heavenly Father.