Getting To Know God
Jehovah Mekoddishkem - Worshiping His Holy Presence
Food For Thought
When you put a flame to sugar, it produces some pretty amazing flavors, and it's a lot of fun!
When it comes to the word “sanctification” in church culture, there can be mixed responses. As Christians, we should understand that God is working with our current corrupted condition in order to purify it. This work is necessary preparation. We need to put off our current decaying bodies in order to put on the eternal bodies that the LORD has prepared for us. Part of that work involves the dissolving of our flesh, which we are still, very much connected to in this life. That flesh needs to die, and the LORD knows how to do that work. It’s painful. It stings. It’s difficult to the point that Jesus compared that work to the process of squashing grapes in order to make wine. Yikes!
In spite of the difficulty, we need to remember the good results that God wants to produce from it. God wants to purge our sins by burning off the impurities that separate us from Him. Though fire is painful to touch, when used the right way, it’s helpful indeed! It’s our willingness to endure the difficulty of sanctification that equips us for the purpose God created us for – worship. Therefore, even though it’s tough embracing God’s convictions and corrections, it’s sweet and satisfying when we notice how God is refining us into His image, and our lives are pleasing in His sight.
It’s important to remember that, the concept of destructive burning producing a good effect, is not unique to the Bible. God gave us lots of examples in life where the destructive nature of fire, when used the right way, produces a fruitful outcome. There’s a similar principle in food, which is why we photographed the finishing touches of crème brulee. Making crème brulee isn’t easy to begin with. It takes an experienced baker, using great finesse to get the custard just right. Then, when that expertise is exemplified, the finishing touch that makes this desert dish so great, is the burning of the sugar on top. It’s a real treat to see the torch burn the sugar, turn it brown, and watch it bubble up. Breaking that top layer of burnt sugar makes the dish fun as well as delicious.
So, crème brulee also illustrates the benefits of God’s sanctification. It takes the careful handling of the soft custard to ensure the desert tastes right, and has the right texture, similar to the careful handling our fragile souls need in the hands of God to prepare us. This finesse work was done by Jesus on the cross, so that, the burning which prepares us to be received by the Father, is productive, and not destructive. The burning of the sugar on the desert, is like the purging of the flesh. The intensity of the flame on the torch will burn the sugar, make it bubble, change its color, and ultimately dissolve it, changing its makeup and character altogether. This is what the LORD does for us as Sanctifier, but only so that we can be presented as a sweet treat, a sweet-smelling aroma, intended for a particular use.
God wants us to worship Him, and do so, in spirit, and in truth. We can’t do so if the flesh is a factor. So, the more the LORD holds the torch to our flesh, the more burnt it gets, but, the more refined we become, more-closely resembling the finished product we will be when we enter His presence.