Three beeps sounded from the kitchen. It was 7 am and our bread was ready! My husband went to take it out, but quickly returned. He crawled under the bedclothes again and mumbled, ‘It’s the worst you’ve ever made’.
He was right. Way down at the bottom of the bread bucket lay a heavy, brown mass about one inch high. The night before, I’d placed water, salt, sugar and oil in that bucket, plus the rye and white flours and…oh no! I’d forgotten the yeast!
Maurie had been looking forward to a delicious breakfast of fresh rye bread. He would never waste his precious honey and peanut butter on this boggy glug!
I poured water over the whole mess and soaked it for an hour. Then I tossed it into the compost bin where it landed like a heavy cowpat!
I see many of life’s events as pictures that God can use to teach me how to live. This was one of them.
I was reminded of another ‘recipe’. It was Jesus who said it. He’d been talking to the Jewish authorities after they’d asked him who he was. Later he spoke to those who believed in him. His words are a list of instructions for freedom, in this order: obedience, being disciples, knowing the truth, being set free by the truth. It was that last phrase I’d heard so often on the radio, in conversation and read in newspapers: the truth will set you free! Lots of people, even Christians, quote it with confidence as if it were something I could just grab and swallow like a pill.
Here’s how Jesus put it: If you obey my teaching, you are really my disciples; you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free’.
I used to think that hearing the truth would set me free by virtue of its own intrinsic value. I’d grab some great ‘revelation’ I’d seen in the Bible and run with it, but that’s not the way God intends for truth to work.
One day I read it again in the Bible and saw the order of Jesus’ words. Mm…so it has some other ingredients. I understood that the truth can’t help me if I’m not willing to put my life on the line for it. If I won’t do that, I’m not a true disciple of Jesus Christ. But when I am his disciple, I’ll obey him. Only then will I really know the truth that will set me free!
You’re probably wondering what all this has to do with fresh bread for breakfast!
It’s surprising how many times Jesus talked about bread and he also said that his food was to do the will of his Father. He was even willing to go without normal meals so he could be obedient.
I want to be free, so I need to follow the way he lived. Having the whole recipe is vital. Our rye bread was useless without that one absolutely necessary ingredient. In the same way, without obedience to Jesus’ words, I’d never really want to know the truth and of course, it would never set me free!
How disappointing it must be for God when he wants to bless me and I don’t do what he says. Was he watching that evening as I put those ingredients in the bread-maker bucket? I’m sure he saw me close the lid without adding the yeast. Perhaps he smiled and said to himself, No fresh bread for breakfast, but I think she’ll learn something valuable tomorrow morning!