Cornstarch? It was Christmas 1972 that I received a Chinese wok, cookbook, along with an instant desire to put both to work. After graduating from Princeton Seminary, I was ordained in my first church. After a few months, a mailer arrived advertising that town’s adult school with lots of different evening classes such as gardening, beginner guitar, auto maintainence, French language and Chinese cooking. Hold it! Chinese cooking? I immediately signed up. Loved it and took 2 more classes. That wok of mine was really put to work!
Chinese stir-frying is much like cooking stew. Has an aromatic, smooth sauce that binds the meat and veggies together. What creates that binder is cornstarch dissolved in water. That slurry of cornstarch will connect all the flavors and spices neatly together without bring attention to itself.
Okay, what in the world does this have to do with the Bible? Good question! The Apostle Paul says that we believers in Jesus are ‘…being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator'(Colossians 3: 10). This ‘renewal’ involves lots of changes– all for the better, all for Him, all to look more like Jesus. Then Paul says in verse 14 that ‘…love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony’. Love is the great binder. The cornstarch of our Christian life.
We’re all different. Some reading today have lots and lots of money. Some barely scraping by. Some of one political persuasion, some another. Hobbies vary from craft design to glass art to organ playing in church to…well, you name it. We’re all different.
Too bad you can’t all be like me! Wouldn’t that be a boring world? Just a rhetorical question. You didn’t have to yell: ‘you bet it would, Fischer’! God has gifted each of us. For this world. For His glory. It’s great to learn from someone else. Always with the idea that eventually, we will emerge more and more as God’s unique creation.
It must not stop there. That sounds too much like our self-centered generation. You remember that horrid bumper sticker–‘It’s all about Me!’ Now, that’s boring! To the nth degree. As I said– it must not stop there. Needs some cornstarch…of love. Of caring and kindness, compassion and putting yourself in someone else’s moccasins. Love will bind all together. I sound like I know what I’m talking about. I don’t. Need to work on this as much as anyone else. To be more loving and forgiving. Gracious and kind. Big words that I want to be even bigger in my heart. Join me?
Prayer: Lord, help us to be bound together in your love. In Jesus’ name. Amen.