Recently, I’ve developed a casual interest in a variety of television cooking shows. Ironically, I can’t cook much of anything–I specialize in eating. Oh, I can serve a mean peanut butter and jelly sandwich along with a decent pot of coffee, but that’s about it. I’m not sure why I enjoy these shows, but it may have something to do with my competitive spirit. The competition-based cooking shows like Top Chef are the ones I really like to watch.
Although I am no cook, I recently noticed that cooking and spiritual growth has something in common . . . .
You have to start with good ingredients!
Good ingredients are paramount if the food is going to be great. Chefs talk about the key role ingredients play on these shows all the time. The same is true in spiritual growth. Believers must have the ingredients in their lives that lead to growth. We refer to these as spiritual disciplines. Lots of lists of spiritual disciplines exists, but here is mine:
- Reading the Bible
- Praying to the Lord
- Fellowshipping with other believers
- Sharing your faith
- Ministering to others
- Walking with Christ
In upcoming posts, I will examine each of these more closely. The following posts will also help in these areas:
- Every Christian Needs Basic Training
- Tiger Woods
- Disciples Must Dare to be Different
- The Value of a List
- Ordering Your Private World
- Are You Spiritually Healthy?
- Discipleship Requirements
- How to Finish Well, Part 1
- How to Finish Well, Part 2
- Spiritual Gravity
- Created to Become Like Christ
- Read the Bible
- What Is A Disciple?
- A to Z Guide for Spiritual Growth, Part 1
- A to Z Guide for Spiritual Growth, Part 2
- A to Z Guide for Spiritual Growth, Part 3