Have you ever made a vinaigrette? I used to think making salad dressing was fancy. I was super impressed when people made different flavors. Then I fell in love with the restaurant Zoe’s Kitchen…..but I couldn’t afford to eat there everyday. So I went in search of their salad dressing recipe. I found a good replica but discovered when you add oil and vinegar, they will not mix. You can mix, shake, and whisk your heart out but they will separate as soon as you stop. This tastes fine, but it bugged me. So I read up on it and discovered the only way to combine them is to add an emulsifier–such as Mustard. Basically mustard has a molecule with two ends, the head loves water (vinegar) and the tail loves oil. This allows oil and vinegar to coexist.
Soon after this discovery I needed to humble myself and apologize to someone close to me. God gave me the analogy of vinaigrette and God’s forgiveness. It was clearly from God because it dealt with the kitchen which is not my strong suit or my interest for that matter.
The easy analogy is that Jesus is our emulsifier. He enables a perfect God and sinful people to mix. He holds us together through his sacrifice and holiness.
Now let’s take the analogy a step further.
Do you know what happens when you have an unhealthy balance–too much oil? You have a broken vinaigrette. The ingredients will separate as before. How do you fix it? Is it ruined? There is no need to throw it out. You do have to remake it. But you simply make a smaller batch correctly and slowly add it to the broken. This will renew the broken vinaigrette!
Romans 12:2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
When we start to act conformed to the world, we need to stop and be transformed, to keep our eyes on the things above. But so often we start listening to the world and not our loving King. He is the only one that can renew our minds by this unnatural transformation.
“We are perfectly useless as Christ exalting Christians if all we do is conform to the world around us. And the key to not wasting our lives with this kind of success and prosperity is being transformed.”–John Piper
A broken vinaigrette slides off the lettuce which is exactly what annoyed me about my first attempt. However, a properly emulsified vinaigrette will allow the flavor to cling to the leaves where it belongs. When we are unbalanced we just slide through life. But I want to give glory to God with my life. I want to use my life for Him now.
I often lose my perfect balance and mix in more of me. When I lose the correct perspective in life I tend to beat myself up. I think, “Am I really a believer? Am I hopeless?” But honestly Jesus just tell us to just get back to it. Add in the perfect vinaigrette.
Colossians 3:13 Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.
We can share this gift with every broken person in our lives. Look around at others and help them get back to it. Mix in with them to remind them of the perfect balance from Christ. We can forgive just as God forgave us. It is not all lost when we have the wrong balance. Broken hearts and lives can be restored. Christ is the perfect redeemer…..emulsifier if you will.