Two weekends ago, I baked a chocolate cake; A wonderfully rich and dark chocolate cake. (don’t worry, I’ll give you the recipe later).
As I was brushing my teeth that Sunday morning before church, I was reminiscing about that cake ,(as most chocoholics do)… it only had a 24 hour lifespan. My mismatched thoughts led me to think about Sprinkles, my favorite cupcake joint. I always get dark chocolate with sprinkles with an occasional Mocha on days I’m feeling a little wild. (hah) People always rave about their red velvet cake. I’ll admit it’s good and it’s not that I don’t like red velvet, I just prefer something more rich in flavor. What does red velvet cake actually taste like? Most red velvet recipes, like this one, call for cocoa powder. The truth is, I’m usually overtaken by the cream cheese frosting. I think red velvet cake doesn’t know what it wants to be. It is a wannabe chocolate cake that is too different to be a classic vanilla. Gobs of creamy frosting and red food coloring may make it pretty, but it does not make it flavorful.
This is how some people live their lives: pretty on the outside, but not necessarily flavorful and passionate on the inside. As Christians, that’s not how Jesus calls us to live; He calls us to be the salt of the earth. Matthew 5:13 says:
“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men.”
Kari Jobe is an awesome musician and her song We Are fits this perfectly.
“So wake up sleeper, lift your head
We were meant for more than this
Fight the shadows conquer death
Make the most of the time we have left”
Coincidentally the sermon that Sunday was on Gideon, a man whom God called to His work. [If you are unfamiliar with this story, check out Judges 6] Gideon knew what God wanted him to do, but asked God for signs to make certain of the task ahead of him. After reading Gideon’s story, it may seem ridiculous to you. Why did he request those signs from The Almighty? Today we don’t have anything like that to communicate. He was lucky he got those signals! Oh but don’t you fret; people act just like Gideon in today’s world. They stop to reflect on a decision and somehow never recover from that pause. We need to learn how to be more faithful and less fearful. God has a plan for your life and only you can do it!
I’m sure you’re wondering how in tarnation red velvet cake has anything to do with Gideon… Well, surprise, it does! While Gideon was waiting, he wasn’t fulfilling what was set for him to do. Today people will get discouraged and take an easier, more predictable route, even if they know it isn’t what they’re supposed to do with their life. Red velvet cake is this confused dessert that is trying so hard to be what it’s not. Chocolate, vanilla, red…it just can’t make up its mind. Do not aspire to be of this world. Be out of this world. Look to God for your acceptance and joy. Don’t settle for whatever is in the moment; live up to your potential.
If you don’t take anything from what I’ve written, then take the following:
Don’t scratch around in the barnyard like a chicken, when you were meant to soar like an eagle. Sure, being off the ground might be scary at first, but how else will you learn how to fly?