The One Ingredient

by Joanna Pierce on August 01, 2018

For any family event or cookie-baking session, my mom and I map out a meticulous schedule. We know what’s being purchased, measured, assembled, baked, cooled, frozen, etc. down to the millisecond.

As I need constant supervision in my cooking escapades, all of this cooking/baking happens in my mom’s kitchen under her close scrutiny. This is how she catches my cooking faux pas—a missed ingredient here, failure to pre-heat the oven there…you know, the little things.

This is why schedules are of the utmost importance to maximize time and resource allocation. We have one kitchen, one oven, one time to cook, and one chance to get it right. Missing one thing could make all the difference.

At the end of the day, my mom’s able to cook or bake anything without a hitch. Except just one time…

I don’t recall the exact dish, but it was accurately assembled, the oven was set to preheat, the food was placed in the oven at the exact cook time, and the timer set. But, when the timer went off, and we reached inside the oven—the food was stone cold. The oven had died.

You will plant crops but not harvest them. You will press your olives but not get enough oil to anoint yourselves. You will trample the grapes but get no juice to make your wine (Micah 6:15, NLT).

I learned a vital lesson in Cooking 101. You can have all your ingredients, follow the recipe to a T, have the proper equipment, but none of that really matters in the end. If you want your food cooked, you still need one critical element: heat.

This lesson can be applied to how we do everything in life, but with one substitution. We can have all the right stuff, follow every direction, and have the proper resources. However, if we want to be successful and victorious, we all need one thing: God.

In our daily living, on the job, at school, in our ministries, or anywhere else, we can have what we think we need to do the work. But, the output isn’t going to be enough. Without God, nothing matters and nothing is truly achievable.

This Scripture struck a chord with me. Israel would press olives but not have enough oil to anoint themselves. They had the olives, they had the oil, but it stopped there. What they had wouldn’t suffice as (or for) the anointing.

That’s the ticket—God’s presence equals the anointing. And, if you don’t have His anointing flowing in your life, what you do and what you have doesn’t matter. What’s left is a hard, cold shell needing the fire of the Holy Ghost to heat it up, get it going, and deliver something good when it’s all over.

We need God. We need His anointing. We need His fire.

Let’s find a closet of prayer today and ask God to show us the areas in our life that need some heat. We need God’s presence to enter in and re-fire us. Ask Him to be the one ingredient you desperately need today. You’ll realize it’s the One who makes all the difference.