“And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life.” (1 John 5:11-12 NIV)
A lady I once worked with was complaining that her muffins never turned out. I shared that I had a no fail recipe and would bring it into work for her. She was quite pleased.
I did take the recipe in and she asked me if it was definitely a no fail one. I assured her that it was. When I left she was busy getting ready to start the muffins.
The next day she announced that the muffin recipe had failed, turned out terrible in fact. I was somewhat taken aback, but knowing this person as I did I also suspected why the goodies had not been a success.
Upon inquiring as to whether she had followed the recipe exactly I discovered she had substituted several key ingredients as she did not have some of the them and in her wisdom, she also decided that another change would work better than the listed item.
Unfortunately this was a habit with this lady. She believed that she was exercising her creativity, but ultimately her own wisdom and creativity always led to baking disasters.
Similarity we live in a time when people worldwide believe that they don’t need to follow God’s recipe for their lives. They substitute idols for Jesus and the salvation He offers. They believe that all faiths are equal and lead to eternal life. They take the Scriptures and interpret them to fit their own recipe of beliefs rather than allowing scriptural truth to guide and shape their beliefs. And unfortunately for many they may discover too late that their version of God’s fail proof recipe has, in fact, turned out quite terribly in regards to eternity.
After all any no fail recipe’s success only works as it should when you follow the recipe.
So today, may each of us consider what recipe we are following for our lives. The fail proof one God has laid out for us in the Scriptures or our own creative version of it. The choice is ours. But choose wisely for your eternity depends upon it.
Prayer: Thank You Lord that You in Your love, mercy and wisdom have given us the no fail recipe for life and eternity. May we have hearts that seek Your truth alone and wills to apply it that we might know the Son in whom we have access to life eternal. In Christ’s name we pray. Amen.