I recently read a sermon from a fellow Pastor. He used the line "the work of the Lord in our lives is more like a crock pot than a microwave". When I read this line for the first time, I went back and reread it over again. This line struck me in 2 ways that I want to share.
First, I believe this line is a good description of, not only what the works of God should do to us but also the words of God. I find in my life that the Bible has more of a crock pot effect on me rather than the microwave effect. When I open the Bible and simmer over a passage or truth and let it sink into my life, it seems to have a greater impact. Yes, the Bible can have an instant impact when I read a certain passage for the first time in a long time. But a deeper and longer eternal impact seems to happen when it has time to sink deep and fill me up with the flavor of God and His words. I find too, when I focus my devotions on a single passage for 20 minutes rather than read a whole set of verses in 20 minutes, the time is more meaningful and God speaks softly and clearer to me. Not to say that reading the Bible through is bad, I believe it has many benefits that I do not want to explore at this time, but when was the last time we sat and simmered over a single verse and let it resonate in our hearts and minds.
Second,the idea of God's work in our lives as a crock pot reminded me of the smell of the crock pot when I get home from work and my beloved has made a beef roast in it all day. I love the sweet smelling aroma when there is something cooking and simmering in the crock pot. This reminds me of 2 verses, Gen. 8:21 when Noah's sacrifice is a sweet smell to God and gives Him glory. It also brought to my mind, 2 Cor. 2:15 when Paul describes us as the aroma of Christ to God. This means our lives should be a sweet smelling life pleasing to God. A Christian life should be like a crock pot, slow cooking for the glory to the King. Yes, simple fast quick acts can bring praise to God and give Him glory. But I find that a life slowly building, simmer with spice's of praise added, can give God a life more pleasing and honoring to Him. When was the last time we thought about the life of a lover of Jesus as a crock pot; simmering and building with great smelling praise and glory to God?
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