I have a friend who shared a family recipe with me. In fact, she gave me her mother’s original recipe laminated in plastic. I was pleased to have it, but kind of shocked that she gave it away. I offered to make a copy and give it back to her, but she declined.
Another day, this same friend was sitting with me beside a person who lay dying. As we talked about life and death and faith, she admitted to me, “I want what you have.” I explained as simply as I could this gift of salvation, how I came to know Jesus in a personal way, and how He has changed my life.
The time came when I asked her if she would like to accept Christ as her Savior. She smiled sadly and said, “I’m not quite ready to make that step.”
I encouraged her to read the book of John, to ponder the words, and talk to the Lord as if she was having a conversation much like we were doing that day.
I left her with regret that day. She had unfinished business with the Lord.
I keep that laminated recipe in a 3 tiered filing tray on my kitchen island. I run across it pretty often as I sift through the odds and ends that seem to collect there…and I pray for my friend.
She and I no longer cross paths. She has gravitated out of my life. I have no idea if she made that one decision that will determine her eternity.
Perhaps you are having this same internal struggle. The Bible says in 2 Corinthians 6:2- Now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.
Here is my friend’s recipe for Buttermilk Cookies. Someday, she might want this recipe back and it will be here for her.
1 cup sugar
3/4 c. shortening
3/4 c. buttermilk
1 tsp. soda
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. vanilla
all-purpose flour (see below)
Cream sugar and shortening, add egg, salt, vanilla, baking powder and baking soda. Add milk and enough flour (10-15 TBSP) to make a soft dough.
Flour rolling surface heavily. Pat out/roll dough until thin enough to cut with cookie cutters. (The owner of this recipe suggests baking one in oven to get the right texture.) Bake at 400 degrees for 8-10 minutes.
You can thumbprint the cookie after baking and add jam.
Note-This recipe is posted as I received it. I have not tested it, nor do I know the amount of flour or the exact baking time. I will update this post as soon as I try this one.
The Plan of Salvation
First, realize that sin causes all to fall short of God’s favor. Romans 3:23 “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”
Second, realize that sin has a price that must be paid. Romans 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
Third, realize that Christ died to pay your price. Romans 5:8 “That God commended His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”
Fourth, realize that Jesus arose from the dead. Romans 10:9 “That is thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.”
Finally, pray, confess (agreeing with God) that you are a sinner. Tell God that you want to repent of (turn away from) your sins. Ask Jesus to be YOUR Savior. Claim (Believe) His promise of eternal life. Romans 10:13 “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
If you need to talk to someone further to fully understand this gift of salvation, here’s a link that can help. Need Him Global – A live conversation about Jesus.