We were hippies; so carob, touted as a chocolate substitute was a given, as was bread filled with more seeds than your average bird feeder, and alfalfa sprout sandwiches. It was the era of recipe rebellion- the success of a food was based on how many ingredients could be replaced with a more natural a.k.a. "worse tasting, therefore healthier" version. Enter, carob. So in a fit of inspiration, I made no-cook Chocolate Coconut Drops. A sure success because John loves coconut and I love chocolate. But In keeping with the times, I made Carob Shredded-Carrot Drops instead. The chalky blobs sat untouched in the refrigerator because even mold refused to grow on them. I deemed the original recipe and its replacement, a total failure.
I've observed a similar habit in regard to the recipe for Truth, and I've been as guilty as anyone. It goes like this: Read the Bible, substitute personal opinion for obedience, and "relevancy" for timeless principles. Then, when everything in my personal lives becomes a dried clot of mixed philosophies, I say, "I tried this recipe and it didn't work."
What if, instead, we cleaned our cupboards of all the truth wannabes and FOLLOWED DIRECTIONS exactly as Jesus intended.
Carob, Ha! Like anything COULD EVER replace chocolate.
“Whoever has my commands and obeys them, he is the one who loves me. He who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love him and show myself to him.”” John 14:21, NIV