Last week I was listening to Kyle Idleman on a podcast from Southeast Christian Church. He gave a great message on the upcoming election and some suggestions for Christians on how we should be engaged in it. (You can view the message on the Sermons page of Southeast’s website.)
He told this particular story with the idea that, at times, Christians can force Jesus into everything we say and do. He even commented that when we are in Sunday School, if we don’t know the answer to a question, we should just say “Jesus.” The answer “Jesus” will at least get you a sticker or gold star.
Here’s the story: He shared about a youth minister he served with in a previous ministry that wanted to talk to his students about ingredients to a good friendship. He decided to use macaroni and cheese as the object lesson and brought the ingredients on stage.
The first ingredient was butter, because butter makes everything better. Butter is kind and encouraging words. Every relationships needs kind and encouraging words so we should have butter in our friendships.
The second ingredient was milk. Milk makes the macaroni and cheese healthy and milk makes us strong. We need to have healthy friendships that make us stronger.
The final ingredient he talked about was the cheese sauce. So he had all the students together say “cheese sauce.” Then he had them repeat it louder and faster, “cheese sauce, cheese sauce.” Think about it for a second . . . You got it, it’s Jesus! Jesus is the ingredient every friendship needs.
While I certainly don’t argue we need Jesus in our relationships, sometimes we work too hard to find Jesus in the cheese sauce. Hope that story made you smile.