The Devotional Diva - The Divine Adventures of the Yahweh Sisterhood: Pigeon Forge TN - You Don’t Ha
The Devotional Diva - The Divine Adventures of the Yahweh Sisterhood: Pigeon Forge TN - You Don’t Have to be a Chef to Cook
By Barbara Gobbs
Executive Assistant and Ministry Partner - Pocket Full of Change Ministries
“How then will they call on Him in whom they have not believed? How will they believe in Him whom they have not heard? And how will they hear without a preacher?” Romans 10:14 (NAS95)
I am a very picky eater. However, I do like to eat. I am not very adventurous when it comes to food and I’d rather err on the side of caution than try something new. Cheryle is also a precise eater. Both of us have our particular reasons why we are choosy about what goes into our mouths. However, Cheryle is the healthier eater between the two of us. For a snack she eats fruit, I eat Oreo cookies. Oh well!
During our road trip, we frequently ate in the camper, which required cooking. Since the camper is very compact – my job was to stay out of the way while Cheryle cooked. She was such a sweetheart about my culinary peculiarities, so a few times I just agreed to eat whatever she cooked. That was a big step for me.
Both times, I found myself in awe over the vegetables she fixed. Ones I never eat! Now, I am not a chef – but I think I can cook those dishes again myself! My husband will be thrilled.
On this trip, I have also discovered that evangelism or witnessing is much like cooking. We might not all have the skill of a chef in the kitchen, but we still can cook.
Now Cheryle can really cook! She can also talk to anyone about Jesus at any time. God has gifted her with the talent and the temperament to do so. He has called her specifically for this. She is good at it and it thrills her. Sadly, my call doesn’t directly mirror hers.
So why take this whirlwind road trip? Because I needed a few cooking lessons. God seems to have placed me more in positions of discipleship than evangelism. My mind and heart deeply desires to see people growing in God’s Word and growing in His grace. However, I’ve never found any place in the Bible that exempts me from sharing my faith just because of this.
After all, if no one is coming to Christ – whom am I going to disciple?
Here I am getting a few cooking lessons from someone I consider a chef. Will I ever be a chef in this life? I haven’t a clue but I doubt it. But one thing is for certain, I can certainly be a better cook for Christ along the way. God has also allowed me to see that my style of cooking might be different from Cheryle’s but it’s not the style but the cooking that counts.
My encouragement today to you is this: I implore you to use the gifts and talents God has given to you. They’re a blessing you are to use to bless others in His name. I beg you to daily read His Word, talk to Him and seek His direction for your life.
Keep on doing the specific work in Christ that is uniquely yours, but don’t forget to share your faith along the way. It doesn’t matter if you can present a five-course meal or offer scrambled eggs, offering the Bread of Life is fully sufficient. Just always remember you can cook!
Cooking for Christ in Pigeon Forge,
Barbara Gobbs is a ministry partner with and the Executive Assistant of Pocket Full of Change Ministries. For more information, to schedule a speaker for an event, or to request a newsletter, go to www.pocketfullofchange.org or call Gail Golden, Publicist at 904 316-5462. This ministry is supported by donations. If this ministry helps you or others, and God calls you to help support this work, you can make a donation to Pocket Full of Change Ministry at POB 51205, Jacksonville Beach, Florida 32240.
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