Linda and I had been married only three months when she asked me to go to the store and buy some buttermilk, vinegar, and chocolate syrup. I was a rookie at this marriage thing, but I had heard about the strange cravings that pregnant women develop. Nothing much more strange than that: buttermilk, vinegar, chocolate syrup. UNLESS you are cooking a Red Velvet Cake for your husband’s birthday!
As Shannon spoke this past Sunday about the Bride of Christ—AKA, the church— I thought about how the church is made up of buttermilk people, vinegar people, and chocolate syrup people—people that don’t naturally go together. UNLESS the Groom (Jesus) is blending all of us together so that He can watch His Bride come down the aisle “in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish” (Ephesians 5:27 ESV).
The church is Jesus’ creation. And He knows how to blend buttermilk, vinegar, and chocolate syrup into a masterpiece “that in every way…will make the teaching about God our Savior attractive” (Titus 2:10 NIV).
So, when I am tempted to say, “I am just sour buttermilk” or “I am just caustic vinegar; I’ll never be chocolate syrup” I need to take a timeout. I need to remind myself that I may be buttermilk, I may be vinegar, but I am not just buttermilk or vinegar. I am the Bride of Christ, and He “is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us.” (Ephesians 3:20 NIV)
Join me each morning as we release ourselves to the Holy Spirit who can bring order out of chaos, light out of darkness (Genesis 1:2 ff) and a beautiful Bride out of the likes of you and me.
Share in the comments a time when you witnessed God using the most unlikely group of people to accomplish amazing ministry.