“Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love.” Ephesians 4:2
I love cooking and have been trying out a lot of new recipes lately – even making up some recipes of my own. We all know we need to look after our bodies by putting in the right foods, but what about spiritual diet?
I was watching an award ceremony recently and noticed how many times winners used the term “humbled” in their award speeches. This made me really think about the word humble; and then, because of the way my mind works, I thought of the term we use in the English language; “to eat humble pie”;
Dictionary Definition of ‘Humble’
Not proud or arrogant; Modest:to be humble although successful.
Low in rank, importance or status. Low; as opposed to high or lofty. Lowly; modest; meek; submissive; as opposed to proud, haughty, arrogant or assuming.
The Bible has quite a lot to say about Humility, and it’s ugly cousin, Pride. So I thought, since I’m putting together food recipes, a “spiritual food recipe” might be a fun and different sort of Bible study for Mustard Seed Blog; so here is my Recipe for “Humble Pie”
(As always, you can look up the scriptures by just clicking the highlighted links, which will take you through to Bible Gateway. )
Heavenly Humble Pie 🥧 🥧
A generous helping of Repentance 2 Chronicles 7:14 James 4:7–10
A Cup of Obedience Phil 2:6–8
A Cup of Contrite Spirit Isaiah 66:2
A Cup of Fear of the Lord Proverbs 22:4 Proverbs 15:33
A Cup of Understanding of Heart Daniel 10:12
A Cup of Childlikeness Matt 18:4
A Heaped Tablespoon each of: Compassion, Kindness, Patience, Forgiveness, Love and Thankfulness Colossians 3:12
Stir in generous helpings of Meekness and Gentleness 2 Corinthians 10:1
Step 1. Important* First, add in the Repentance – It is not recommended that you try to stir in the other ingredients before taking this first step, or it is likely that your humble pie will flop!
Step 2, Sift in Contriteness and Obedience, also two staple ingredients. Then add the other ingredients in no particular order, but generous measures, blending well.
*Very important: All “Self Raising” ingredients need to be avoided! Here are two of the big name brands: “Self Exalting Flour” – “For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.” Luke 14:11 Matt 23:11,12
“I’m Better Than You Assorted Mix” – “Don’t think you are better than you really are. Be honest in your evaluation of yourselves, measuring yourselves by the faith God has given us.” Romans 12:3
Step 3. Be careful to sift out the following unwanted ingredients in the mixture; if not, your pie may look beautiful on the outside but will leave a sour taste in the mouths of all. Yuk, You don’t want that!
These unwanted ingredients will begin to stand out clearly, as you prayerfully sift the above ingredients into the mix of good ingredients. They are called:
Selfish ambition and conceit – Philippians 2:3
Pride and Haughtiness – Proverbs 16:18
Rage, Anger, Bitterness, Harsh Words and Gossip Ephesians 4:31
Serve Pie with lashings of special Heaven Inspired Gravy:
“And all of you, dress yourselves in humility as you relate to one another, for “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” So humble yourselves under the mighty power of God, and at the right time he will lift you up in honour.” 1 Peter 5:5-6
Make Humble Pie a regular part of your diet
“O people, the Lord has told you what is good, and this is what he requires of you: to do what is right, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God” Micah:6–8
Season well with Wisdom *You cannot possibly add too much!
“Pride leads to disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom.” Proverbs 11:2
Last of all, but not least important; Remember that it’s not you who is the Master Chef, it is The Lord; Have you ever baked something that, in the middle of your work suddenly jumped up from your kitchen work surface and announced that it would “take it from here, thank you very much?” Yet that’s what we do with The Lord. We are, every one of us, a work in progress. And He will complete the work He began in us. He hasn’t finished with you yet – or me!
“And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.” Phil 1:6
Also see: Ephesians 2:8-9 Psalm 25:9
PS: Below are 2 necklaces from my Etsy shop. All items are handmade / hand engraved and have a Biblical/Prophetic theme, some more ‘obvious’ than others. You can check out the shop by clicking on this highlighted link: Miss Maisie’s Wee Shop
For more photos and description/ background story behind each of these two items below, simply click on the highlighted title of each: