Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful. – 1 Corinthians 4:2
But without faith it is impossible to please him. – Hebrews 11:6a
Whenever we have roast chicken, my family knows better than to throw away the chicken bones.
I toss them all into a pot, cover them with distilled water, add a generous amount of pink salt and a bay leaf, and simmer it all for as long as two days.
The resulting strained liquid is a golden, nutritious, flavorful stock, so full of good stuff that it gels as it cools. Sometimes, I’ll freeze the stock, but I often use it immediately as the base for a soup or sauce.
My family can tell right away when I’ve used homemade stock as the foundation of a recipe, as it enhances the flavor and “mouth feel” of each dish.
Without it, I just won’t make certain recipes. They won’t taste as good, or be as nutritious. Other flavors will fall flat.
You know the Christian analogy is coming: what do you think the “chicken stock” of Christianity is?
I believe it’s faith.
After all, no one can be saved without it.
From day to day, we cannot trust God’s promises fully, or believe in his Word as infallible, or rest in the certain hope of a home in heaven with him, without faith.
When struggling through difficult times, what must we do? Keep the faith.
When facing the unknown, what must we do? Take a leap of faith.
As Scripture says, if we lack faith, it is impossible to please God in any area of our lives. Often, we must suspend what makes sense to our limited human minds and be firmly persuaded that God always knows best. (You can read about great men and women of faith in Hebrews 11.)
As I’m sure you have, I have prayed at times with tears and questions. But when I’ve concluded those prayers with a confirmation of my faith in God’s goodness, love, wisdom, and foresight, the tears dry, and the burden lifts.
The situation becomes more palatable, and it nourishes and strengthens my character…just like a good chicken stock.
Do you cook with chicken stock? How do you maintain a strong faith in everyday life?
His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord. – Matthew 25:23