This past Sunday, we surveyed the third portion of the book of Acts (Chapters 13-28) in our series Think Global. It's the account of the gospel message being spread into most of the known world through Paul's three missionary journeys and his journey and imprisonment in Rome. But it's what happened BEFORE this great work for the gospel message that we focused on this past week.
In Acts 13:2-3 we find that these men were "set apart" before they were "set out". They marinated themselves in the things of God AND THEN God did a great work in and through them over the next decade or so. Just like my grandmother's amazing steak marinade that she would cook during the holidays, these men used key ingredients and time to prepare themselves for what was next: they fasted, prayed, worshiped and were involved in community.
God can do a great work for His kingdom in and through you, but just like Paul and Barnabas, you must be committed to being “set apart” BEFORE you can be “sent out” for that work. Many of you responded positively and committed yourselves to these key ingredients in order to allow God to do a great work through you for Him in the days to come. I would love to be a part of this by praying for you. Please let me know how I can do that by e-mailing me firstname.lastname@example.org.
Now, many of you wanted my Grandma Kay’s marinade. So, in response to this here it is:
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil (I use olive oil)
- 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
- 1/4 cup lemon juice
- 1/2 teaspoon sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon dried whole thyme
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
Marinate for 6 hours. Prick steaks before pouring marinade.
I’m sure that my grandma Kay, who fanned the flame of my work for God, would be so excited that she played a small part in your doing great things for God as well. I’m sure she would also be proud to know that her famous marinade was being used! I hope you enjoy it.
This coming Sunday we will have our final global partner spotlight as Clint and Leigh Ann Trebesh join us to hear about the great work that God is doing in at Georgia State University through The Navigators in downtown Atlanta! Be there at 9:30 or 11:00. I’ll see you on Sunday!