Leftover Recipes

Leftovers | Devotion #4: Leftover Recipes
Katrina Young | Nursery & Pre-K Director and Assistant to the Family Pastor

I love watching the Food Network, and in particular, I love watching “Chopped” episodes. It always amazes me to see how a chef can take four or five mystery leftover ingredients that do not go together at all and transform them into amazing dishes. The rules are, if all the ingredients are not used and they are not made to work together, you guessed it – “They get Chopped!” I once watched a chef take leftover French fries, cut away the outer crust and scrap the soft insides to make a potato dish. With patience and precision, he carefully took something that I would have thrown away and made it into something amazing.

Our family’s baskets are sometimes like those mystery ingredients; they have nothing seemingly in common with each other. When pain and brokenness are present, there seems to be that missing component to bring unity. Broken families are not something new, in fact, if you go way back to the beginning and read the story of Adam and Eve, you will find a couple who had a perfect life, and then they sinned. The two broken people then had children and became a broken family. Our need for Christ began in their brokenness.

In an article by Billy Graham entitled, “Mending a Broken Home,” he wrote, “A home is like a solar system. The sun, the center, holds the solar system together. If it were not for the sun, the solar system would fly to pieces. Unless the Son of God is put at the center of your home, it, too, may fly to pieces. Make the Son of God the center of your home.”

When we allow Christ to be the “Master Chef” in our lives, He can peel away the outer shell and work in our hearts to transform us. In 2 Corinthians 5:17, we read, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.”

If a skilled chef can work miracles with leftover food, what can God do with the incompatible broken pieces of your family? 

Romans 8:28 (Berean Study Bible) says, “And we know that God works all things together for the good of those who love Him, who are called according to His purpose.”

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