Who here likes pickles?
Anyone who knows me can tell you that I LOVE dill pickles. I don’t know what it is about them, but the combination of salty and crunchy just makes my taste buds happy. Today I felt the ambition to make my own pickles. I don’t know why it is, but homemade pickles put the store bought ones to shame. With that ambition I gathered together the ingredients from the pantry, pulled out 3 cucumbers and got to work. Dill pickles are surprisingly very simple to make, it's just salt, vinegar, garlic, water, and dill. When I added everything together, I ran into a small problem: we had no dill.
Here I was, trying to make some dill pickles, but without any dill. The stubborn person I am did not let that stop me and made those pickles despite the missing ingredient. What I got was still a good pickle, but it was lacking that extra flavor that makes it so special.
When it comes to our faith, do we sometimes leave out an ingredient? We have some points covered, but we might not get to others? Does your faith, like the pickles without dill, taste good but still feels like it is missing something?
Like baking, faith takes more than one ingredient. It takes many ingredients combined to create something fulfilling and life giving. I don’t drink just vinegar, and I don't eat just salt. Instead I combine those things to eat a cucumber infused with the aromatic solution. Does your faith feel like it is missing something? Look at all the aspects in your life. Maybe you haven't read the bible lately, or maybe you have skipped church a few weeks or months in a row. Maybe you are not living out what you believe, or maybe you are picking and choosing what parts of the bible you wish to follow. Whatever that might be, I encourage you to look at your own faith. Maybe you are trying to make dill pickles without the dill.