I woke up one night with these words – shake and bake – then immediately following – sell and melt. Since these words seemed very strange to me, I asked the Lord what He was trying to tell me. I remember a food product my mother used called Shake and Bake. She would put meat inside a bag along with the seasonings and shake it to coat the meat with the seasonings before she baked it. It prepared the meat and flavored it.
I thought of how the Lord “seasons” us. Are we not to be salt? We are to have flavor, because without flavor, salt is no good. I think it’s like being “lukewarm”. Food hot or cold is good, yet lukewarm has no taste.
I don’t want to go through my life without the flavor to make a difference in someone else’s. I don’t want to be lukewarm so that I just go through the motions of everyday life. I want to be shining Jesus’ Light for others to see and be drawn to Him. This is more than just good deeds. Good deeds without Jesus is like salt with no flavor.
Our passion for the Lord is the salt on His word. It’s what brings it alive in people’s lives. It whets their appetite for more. It creates thirst for living water. No salt – no passion – no thirst.
I want to be completely sold out to the Lord – my heart melted with His love. This can only happen from that intimate relationship that comes from spending time with Him. It doesn’t have to be hours – just setting some time aside just for Him. It could be keeping your eyes fixed on His and being “tuned in” to His Spirit – even when going through our daily chores.
It means being “sold out” to His will and not your own wants, when making decisions. It means allowing your heart to be open to His. Yes, there may be times when we are “shaken” to add flavor, and even put through the fire to bake it in. But the results are so good – for God promised to work all things for good.
In Lessons I learned from the Lord I write that when God says “for good,” it has two meanings – what’s best for us and that it’s done (for good). I want to be sold out to the Lord and my heart melted so that I will end up being done with flavor – not dried out with hardened heart.
If the Lord is shaking and baking you – sell out to Him, let Him melt your heart with his love. Have flavor! Happy Thanksgiving!
P.S. Check out my new article on www.innervoicemag.com titled, Listen to His Heartbeat. Just click on Faith, then reflections, then the title. Other titles are: Just Whistle, The end of your Rope, God’s Love Notes, and Do-Overs.