27th August 2013

Don’t Pass The Mayonnaise 

“Therefore hear the parable of the sower: When anyone hears the word of the kingdom, and does not understand it, then the wicked one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart. This is he who received seed by the wayside. But he who received the seed on stony places, this is he who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy; yet he has no root in himself, but endures only for a while. For when tribulation or persecution arises because of the word, immediately he stumbles. Now he who received seed among the thorns is he who hears the word, and the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and he becomes unfruitful. But he who received seed on the good ground is he who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and produces: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.”
Matthew 13.18–23 (NKJV)

About 35 years ago a friend introduced me to the delights of mayonnaise. It might sound strange that I was not aware of it before, but my mother was a very conservative cook. Once introduced to it I enjoyed it with almost everything. A jacket potato smothered in mayonnaise, delicious! Chips with mayonnaise, lovely! Salads were more like mayonnaise with salad, tomatoes and cold meat than a salad. I loved it on all kinds of sandwiches, especially with hard boiled eggs, salmon, tuna, tongue and spinach. In fact about the only thing I did not eat with it was my morning porridge or shredded wheat. 

But recently as part of a modest weight loss programme I cut back on mayonnaise dramatically. I still have some, but in minute quantities. To my amazement and pleasant surprise I discovered the real taste of lots of things that had previously been smothered under the mayonnaise. So now I hardly miss it at all and can’t believe how nice so many different foods taste. 

I think there is a parallel here with Christianity: Daily we are bombarded with advertising in all its forms, the television eats up our time and so much of it is based on dubious or plainly wrong values. Even the news programmes seem to get more depressing with the focus on every trouble spot in the world. Then there is the internet, Facebook, i-phones, i-pads, texting, twitter and all the other social media. Our time is squeezed by so many things to do, to worry about, to grab our attention, to affect our vision and focus, so our minds are constantly stimulated in the wrong direction. 

Perhaps all this ceaseless activity can cause us to lose the real focus on God, to forget just how good it is to know God and spend time with him in prayer, study and even occasional fasting. Is your spiritual life being smothered by all the problems, hassles and activities of the world we live in? Perhaps you need to look at your life and give something up to make time for God. When and if you do you may be pleasantly surprised by just how much better you seem able to cope with all the other pressures of life. 

Don’t let this world’s focus on the physical and material mayonnaise of life swamp your time and energy so you forget the blessings and benefits of a spiritual life filled with the great taste of the good things of God. 

Father,  in a complex and complicated world with so many demands on our time and attention, help us to let your word take root and grow in our hearts and minds, that we may be fruitful Christians.

Study by Keith Hartrick


keithhartrickAbout the Author:
Keith Hartrick is an Elder in Grace Communion Church – Leeds, a Congregation of the Worldwide Church of God UK, and serves on the Church Council there.

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Grace Communion – Leeds
Garden Village Welfare Association Community Centre
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LS15 8LE

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One Response to “27th August 2013”

  1. Eric on August 28th, 2013 10:39 am

    Thank you? So true. Your analogy hit home. So many distractions. So easy to neglect our most important relationship with the triune God who is so passionate for us…

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