Yes, they are super yummy and no, I didn’t want to share it. I wanted to keep it to myself. The pumpkin muffin recipe that my sweet grandmother had shared with me became something I enjoyed making for others. Leaving a treat on someone’s doorstep or passing a bag off at church thrilled me because I knew friends loved the muffins and it was a way I could surprise and bless them. Aren’t there “secret family recipes” out there? Isn’t it alright for me to have one?
But then people started asking for it. At first, I defended it and kept it to myself. Maybe some of the fun would be gone if I no longer held this treasure to myself. I would lose my little opportunity to be the pumpkin muffin fairy and watch eyes light up as I handed them over.
I caved. And I’m going to share it with you today too. Why? Because some things are meant to be shared and not kept to ourselves.
One of the first people I handed the holy grail of pumpkin muffin recipes to was my pastor’s wife. I had brought the muffins to our group discipleship meeting and she loved them. Here was one of the ladies I admired most in the world and she was asking for it. Could I really be selfish with the woman who had poured so much into me? So I entrusted it to her. Over the past few years I’ve had numerous ladies tell me they now make the muffins that were passed on to them from her. Each knew I had passed it to her and I get the opportunity to remember my grandmother and tell them about her making them. All of this sharing and passing along of savory information got me thinking…
Have I been selfish with the most satisfying and fulfilling “recipe” of all time? The ingredients are not common household items or anything you’d find in a store. No, the makeup of this recipe includes the blood of a sacrifice. And the satisfaction of it doesn’t come physically. Our spiritual needs are instead met as we consume this Bread of Life.
I’m admitting here today that I have been a wimp about sharing the gospel more boldly with family and friends. Complete strangers in another country? Though it’s not easy, it is ten times easier than with those I see all of the time. If a friend or family member approached me with questions or a desire to know the Lord, I think I would squeal with delight to share Christ with them. I pray for them faithfully, but opening my mouth to initiate the conversation and share the Good News with them is a challenge I am striving to overcome. You see, I have this not-so-secret recipe that needs to be shared and it would be selfish to keep it to myself.
So I have two “recipes” to share with you today. But don’t let my play on words take away the seriousness of the one that produces eternal life. Just like the muffin recipe, it’s one thing to know ABOUT it, but it’s another thing to choose to take it in internally. You can know about Christ all your life, but until you make the personal decision for yourself, He is not Lord and Savior of your life. If you would like for Him to be, you must accept and believe the following.
Here it goes:
- God loves you. “For God so loved the world, that He gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16, NIV)
- Heaven is a free gift offered by God and there is nothing we can do by our works to earn that gift. “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9, NIV)
- People are sinners. That means I am and it means you are as well. Our sin (breaking God’s laws) separates us from Him. “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23, NIV)
- Because of our sin, we experience physical death. “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of god is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 6:23, NIV)
- Even though we are sinners, God loved us so much that He sent His perfect, sinless Son, Jesus, to die for us. “But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8, NIV)
- Jesus paid the penalty of our sin for us by dying on the cross. He was buried but rose victoriously on the third day conquering death, hell, and the grave. “For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures.” (I Corinthians 15:3-4, NIV)
- He offers you eternal life, which can only be found in Him. “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except though Me.” (John 14:6, NIV)
- So what do you and I need to do about it?
- Admit you are a sinner and repent (or turn from life of sin). That doesn’t mean we’ll be perfect, but we are choosing to move forward with Christ and away from sin. “Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord.” (Acts 3:19, NIV)
- Believe that Christ died for you and rose to life on the third day. “That if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” (Romans 10:8, NIV)
- Receive Jesus as your Lord and Savior. “Yet to all who received Him, to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God.” (John 1:12, NIV)
Are you earnestly praying this today? If so, you can have the assurance that you are a new creation! Please reach out to a fellow Believer for guidance and get plugged into a Bible believing church! Or maybe you are like me and needed the reminder to share these truths more freely.
My hope is that as you bake and share these muffins, you will remember the necessity and urgency to share Christ with others. Don’t keep Him to yourself! Pray, share, and share some more. Perhaps what began with you will multiply and someone will come back to you saying, “I was led to Christ by someone you influenced!”
Now, as promised, here is my recipe. It’s really nothing beyond the norm but one special ingredient adds serendipity to each bite! I LOVE baking these with my daughters. Grab your kids and let it be a new family tradition. Yes, you will get flour everywhere. But who cares?!? To know that your kids can look back and remember the quality time they spent with their mom is worth a little cleaning up. My grandmother is in heaven now but I love holding the oil and pumpkin stained index card with her handwriting on it. I think she’d get a great kick out of knowing that so many people are enjoying what she shared with me.
Now that all of this has been entrusted to you, won’t you pass it along too?
“I am the Bread of Life. He who comes to Me will never go hungry and he who believes in Me will never be thirsty.” (John 6:35, NIV)
“He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him.” (John 7:38, NIV)
Gammy June’s Pumpkin Spice Tea Muffins
- 2 cups sugar
- 1 cup oil
- 3 eggs, beaten
- 16 oz can of pumpkin
- 3 cups of sifted, all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon nutmeg
- ½ teaspoon ground cloves
- ¾ teaspoon salt
- ½ bag butterscotch morsels
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease muffin tins
- Combine sugar and oil
- Beat in eggs
- Add pumpkin and mix well
- Add remaining ingredients
- Pour batter into muffin tins and bake about 20 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out clean
- Cool for a few minutes and then remove from tins
- Enjoy! Yum yum!
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