Cornstarch? It was Christmas that I received a Chinese wok. Soon I took a couple classes in Chinese cooking, even one taught by a famous chef in New York City. That wok of mine was put to work!
Chinese cooking often has an smooth sauce that binds everything together. What creates that binder is cornstarch dissolved in water. That slurry will connect all the flavors and spices neatly together without bring attention to itself.
So what does this have to do with the Bible? Good question! Paul says that Jesus’ followers are ‘…being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator’ (Colossians 3: 10). This ‘renewal’ involves lots of change– all to look more like Jesus. Then in verse 14– ‘…love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony’. Love is the great binder. The cornstarch of our Christian life!
We’re all different. Some have lots and lots of money. Some barely scraping by. Some of one political persuasion, some another.
Too bad you can’t all be like me! Wouldn’t that be a boring world? Just a rhetorical question. God has gifted each one. For His glory. As unique creations of the Lord. Each one gifted.
Does that sound self-centered? Like that horrid bumper sticker–‘It’s all about Me!’ Dare 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 you do. To be more loving and forgiving. Gracious and kind. Big words that I want to be even bigger in my heart. Join me?
Lord, bind us together in your love. For Jesus’ sake. Amen.