So the other day I was making brownies for a birthday party and I clearly heard the Lord speaking to me.
"Helen, pick up your Bible!"
I knew it was the Holy Spirit.
Who else would tug, nag, and constantly push me to open the Bible at such an odd moment??
So I did... I stopped stirring that chocolatey, creamy, filled with wonder brownie mix, and opened my Bible.
I continued my reading from 2 Peter:
"For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ."
(2 Peter 1:5-8)
Did you just read that? Is that a Recipe from God or what? I guess it wasn't such an odd moment afterall. Right when I was baking... and if you know anything about baking, YOU KNOW that every ingredient is vital... and measuring each ingredient is even MORE vital than the ingredients themselves.
So, here's what I picked up from that passage:
Recipe for an Effective and Productive follower of Christ
Add all of the ingredients together. If you're able to increase the quantity of each of the above ingredients, the more EFFECTIVE and PRODUCTIVE in the knowledge of Christ you will be! Remember that EVERY INGREDIENT IS VITAL to the "success" of this recipe.
Enjoy in Abundance!!!