…And there are too many soup cooks in the Kitchen!
Ministries are to the Kingdom of God what ingredients are to soup. Each ministry provides a measure of flavour or substance toward the goal of a satisfying mix. Whether we are meant to provide the central features of meat and potatoes or the more subtle influences of seasonings and spices, all are vital. One critical fact we must always keep in mind is that we are not the cooks. The Master Chef oversees the soup with his own vision of how it should taste. Likewise it is God who governs His Church with His own vision of how it will look.
When the agency of man is involved it is easy to factor out the providence of God. To do so is to ignore scripture and entertain a grievous unbelief that will lead to bitterness. Rather, we need to trust the plan of God, knowing He will have a Church without spot or wrinkle. A big part of guarding your heart is believing He knows better than you do.
There is an administration of the Holy Spirit at work we do well to comprehend. Ultimately, despite the failures and weaknesses of men, it trumps everything. This verse underscores this reality.
“But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills.”
(2 Corinthians 12:11)
The Spirit of God distributes. It is like saying, ‘the Chef determines proportions for a soup’s ingredients’. The implications are many. Among them is the idea that not all ingredients will have equal influence. It is the same for the Kingdom of God.
There is an inequality as essential to soup making as it is to God’s Kingdom. It says that, when making soup, one does not put as many chilli peppers as potatoes. Simple enough right? Ingredients are added in proportions that work for God. Just as a Chef needs to maintain the delicate balance of flavour in his soup only God knows what His Church needs. Our job does not include deciding this balance.
Our capacity to trust God in this is critical and it will be tested.
There are two issues here. First, we do not know how this soup is supposed to taste. Second is the fact we often confuse our part in the soup. That is, when you think you are carrots, but you are actually ‘cayenne pepper’ you will want to invest more of yourself than the soup requires. The potency of the cayenne will ruin a soup if not measured carefully. If you are being used sparingly there might be a good reason.
Spices, especially potent ones, are not meant to be the centre piece of the soup but an influential flavour. Many believers err in thinking they are not appreciated simply because others do not act on all their ideas. Sometimes your voice is meant to influence and not to lead. We need to trust God to add the right dimension of flavour and not demand the soup orient entirely around us. The real question becomes, ‘Can you trust the Chef or are you trying to be Him?’
As you can see the issue of trust is a significant key. The ability to rest in the truth which says ‘He is the just judge of all’, liberates us from meddling beyond our knowledge. We must believe God is the Master who distributes measures of influence according to His own will. Remember, regardless of our experience in God’s kitchen, we have never made soup like this.