Are you a juicy seasoned steak or a dry, bland piece of bread?
Disclaimer: If you are vegan, this post may not ‘taste’ good to you, but hopefully you will mentally substitute another comparable food that brings an understanding of the intent. 🙂
My husband’s absolute favorite meal: a perfectly cooked medium rare steak filet on the grill, with a house salad on the side. His favorite seasoning to coat this juicy steak is McCormick Grill Mates Montreal Steak Seasoning. The ingredients of salt, black pepper, red peppers, garlic, onion, and paprika combined with the grill’s heat melting the natural fatty juices of the meat make for a heavenly aroma, not to mention the hearty flavor. When you cut into a perfectly prepared steak, the juices are running that act as a delightful sauce which you can sop up with that side of garlic bread or dunk your mashed potatoes in. There is a undeniable happiness for steak lovers when it is cooked exactly the way you like it, and this is very true for my meat-loving husband.
Now consider that steak isn’t available (like during the early days of Covid because of panic buying). All you have to eat is a piece of old, stale bread, and you don’t even have butter. It would be like eating dry crackers with no water to moisten your mouth. Bland, flavorless, and unappealing. Not what you reach for when your mouth is watering for an exciting bold flavor that tickles your taste buds’ palette!
“For we are the aroma of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing,..”
2 Corinthians 2:15
Which type of life do you represent? Are you the juicy well-seasoned steak that people are drawn to? Do you create a Godly aroma when you’re in the fire that entices their spiritual appetite? Do your actions lead to others hungering for God? Or, are you merely living like a stale, dry, and bland piece of bread that does not come across as very appetizing, and who merely causes people to find a source of refreshment elsewhere to counter balance what you do not offer them?
Some ideas for all of us who desire to live the life that others are drawn to for Jesus’ namesake:
– when in the grocery line, let someone else ahead of you.
– when at a restaurant/drive thru, pay for someone else’s meal.
– sit with and/or hold the hand of an elderly person in a nursing home or hospital.
– invite someone to your home for a meal, a game, or sitting by the fire.
– find someone in church before the service that is alone, or someone you don’t know, and welcome them. Go a step further, and start a conversation! This can be very rewarding for both of you.
– send a card or note to someone that you don’t know well who lost a loved one.
– attend the funeral of someone from your church that you don’t know.
– genuinely offer your assistance to a family that is moving and needs help, and follow thru.
– pray about giving temporary housing to someone in need, and offer it (use wisdom).
– offer a ride to someone that might need it.
– respond to a rude comment with gentleness.
(I mention each of these ideas because I have done them. I tell you this not to brag, but to let you know that I will not suggest them unless I am willing to act on them too. These ideas DO WORK! People WILL respond positively when kindness, gentleness, and a sacrificial act is involved. This provides you an opportunity to not only be the hands and feet of Jesus, but to be a living sacrifice to God.)
Basically, be the type of person that others want to be around, because you are positive, kind, funny, generous, selfless, and humble.
Remember: “YOU are (supposed to be) the salt of the earth….” Matthew 5:13a
Certainly there are countless other ways to show love which puts a good taste in people’s mouths about you and your purpose for doing so. Be creative!
Whatever you do, if someone asks you why you are being so kind, or so generous, just tell them,
“Because Jesus …..” This way He gets the glory and not you. You are his vessel and tool in this world.
Going out of your comfort zone can be intimidating. But imagine if you didn’t even try….you would have missed an opportunity to be the Lord’s witness and be that living savory steak for someone whom He has been working on.
“Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins. Show hospitality to one another without grumbling.”
1 Peter 4:8-9
Someone once said, “We are what we repeatedly do. Barbecue then is not an act, but a habit.”
Those words ring the truth bell. If we are regularly barbecuing, by which we know practice makes perfect or at least gets us better at it, then living a life of a barbecuer becomes habitual. We will be known as one who barbecues, who knows how to barbecue with excellence, and then those who LOVE to eat barbecue will regularly want to come to your house and EAT your famous barbecue.
This act-turned-habit of living a life filled with that heavenly aroma of selflessness will undoubtedly be one that causes heads to turn, their heart to yearn, and their mouths to speak of you living a tasteful life that represents Jesus well.
Lord Jesus, thank you for living life with such fervor and purpose. Thank you for being the salt in our world. Please help me to be more like you in this life, and present a fragrant offering by living a life that is pleasing to you which will draw others to desire YOU.
Food for thought: “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden… In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.”
Fun facts: According to many top chefs, grilling your steak allows it to hold onto the most delicious flavors because it involves a slower cooking process, plus the coals allow the meat to heat in an even, balanced way.
Kobe beef, a brand of Wagyu steak, is delicious, incredible and pricey. It is an extremely in-demand Japanese product across the globe. Wagyu brands are usually included in the top five or ten most expensive steaks you can find. The beef has so much fat content, that when raw, the meat is so pale that it appears to be white.
(Info provided by: Atlas Steakhouse)
Photo by: Kari Wiseman – Seasoned Steak