Gathering Together

Don’t Let Everyone in Your Kitchen



Psalm 37:25
I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.


Proverbs 3:5-6

Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.


2 Corinthians 9:8
And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work:


Romans 8:28

And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.


Anyone who is close to me knows just how much I enjoy cooking. As soon as I step foot into the grocery store I already have a vision, a picture in my mind of exactly how the end product is going to turn out. I can clearly see how it will look; I can smell it before I have even began cooking it and I can taste it the aromatics of herbs I will add to the dish.


When I get to the grocery store I begin to look for the ingredients I need. I write that part out because more than likely, if my son is with me, he has an image in his own mind of what he wants for dinner, which usually involves hamburgers, chicken nuggets or some fries (I’m still working with him to expand his taste for foods).


After we have finished shopping we get in the car and head towards home. The image of what I see becomes more- clear because now I have all the ingredients I need to create my masterpiece. I begin to salivate at the prospects and look forward to combining what I have purchased. Once, home we take our groceries out the bags and we put everything that we are not going to have need for away. Then we begin to prep the ingredients that we are going to use. I clean everything off before I begin my first chop!


Every once in a while a friend of mine may stop in, for a visit around dinner time. They poke their head into my kitchen to have a look at what I’m preparing. As they scrutinize the ingredients, they begin to ask questions. Do you think that this will be enough to feed everyone or, I think that this is too much? Why do you need to make so much? If I were you I would add this, or that. If I were you I wouldn’t put that in there or I would go about that a different way.


Before I know it, the dish that I was attempting to prepare begins to look and smell nothing like what I had envisioned in my own mind. Some of the ingredients I usually use may have been changed and altered to accommodate the tastes of other people, who probably will have something to say about my dish no matter how I try to please them. Maybe they don’t like a certain type of meat, fruit or vegetable or they don’t like the technique I am using to chop, slice and dice. There are even people I won’t let in my kitchen because the minute I turn my back or walk out the room, they will add something to the dish that they think will make it taste better.


The point is that usually whenever the wrong person gets into the kitchen while you are cooking, you’ll more than likely end up with a product that is unlike anything you pictured in your mind.


As believers, God has a plan for each of our lives and in that plan he gives us a vision, a visual image of what’s to come. We may not know how we are going to get there, but we are confident in knowing that God had given us this vision and if we stick with the recipe, or the schematics, it will turn out exactly how God has shown it to us. He gives us all the ingredients that we need to make it happen and as we begin to work those ingredients and put them together, miraculous things begin to occur.


The neighbors begin to stop and take notice as the bold and refreshing aromas from your kitchen begin to permeate throughout your house and out into the rest of the world.


But there are always people who come along in life who can alter how the vision in your life is fulfilled. Some people just don’t like what God is going to do in your life. They are jealous and can not stand the thought of you becoming successful, so they plant seeds of resentment and doubt into your pots and pans. This is why you can not tell everyone what God has shown you.


Others have a different vision for life. They have good intentions but because the vision was not given to them, they can’t see it as possible and they may not have the same level of faith you have that it will come to pass. So they make suggestions such as, scaling the vision back, because it may appear too large to accomplish, or delaying the vision until other factors fall into place. They are good people, they have good intentions, but they are the wrong people to have in your kitchen.


There are many types of people that you should never allow to enter into the preparation phase of your vision coming into fruition. Not everyone who thinks that your vision is a great idea should even be in your kitchen. We have to allow the Holy Spirit to give us discernment about the types of ingredients (people) we should allow in the kitchen and which ingredients we need to eliminate so that they will not retard or stunt our influence and our growth in God.


Great cooks take their time and add the right ingredients at the right time. They look for the food to take on the right characteristics before they move on to the next step. They use their God- given senses to determine whether or not the product is ready, or if it needs to spend a little more time in the oven. Don’t be in such a hurry to see the final product that you throw things in ahead of time, or add the wrong people into your life and burn the entire kitchen down.


Ultimately, God wants each of us to prosper and to be in good health (3 John 1:2). He wants what is best for each of us and although we may not think that we have all the necessary ingredients, as you begin to mix everything that he has given you together, you begin to find out that everything you are in need of, he has already supplied for that need, according to his riches in glory (Philippians 4:19).


If you trust the recipe for the vision that God has given you and don’t allow the wrong persons to step foot into your kitchen, everything that God has promised you, will happen.


Joseph Woodley