“That’s really gross. You can’t serve that. Just dump it and redo it,” I said.
My sister-in-law stared at the blobby mess in the pot on the stove. “Really? You can’t fix it?” she asked.
“The only way to fix it, is to start all over again and this time, follow the recipe,” I said, as I reached for the cookbook.
As a newlywed, she was a beginner in the kitchen. She had tried to improvise when a recipe directed her to do something she preferred not to do. And now her husband and his boss were due for dinner before long, and she had nothing to serve them. We hastily threw something together and hoped her sunny personality would make up for the ruined meal. It did.
Sometimes, there’s just no way to resurrect something without tearing it down, throwing it out, or starting all over again. The omelette cannot appear without changing the original form of the egg.
That’s exactly what Jesus did. He didn’t try to patch us up and apply a little Spackle to improve on our imperfections. He made us new:
“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new,” 2 Corinthians 5:17 (KJV).
Who we have been must go so we can become new and whole in Him. The recipe is quite clear, but may require great determination to achieve: “He must increase, but I must decrease,” John 3:30 (KJV).
The process may at times appear messy. There may be telltale signs that suggest you’ve fiddled with the recipe. Just follow the Book. It’s time tested and backed by a reliable author.
Go ahead. Break those eggs.