If you know me very well at all, you know I have a deep, abiding love for cooking shows. Master Chef, Worst Cooks in America, Chopped… be still, my heart. It’s probably because I’m less than adept in the kitchen, (Exhibit A) (Exhibit B) and so I live vicariously through my TV.
I also have a favorite celebrity chef: Anne Burrell. (You know her – she’s the one with the wild, spiky blonde hair who always wears skirts. And mismatched socks. And Crocs. I mean really, what’s not to love?)
You can imagine my delight when I received her cookbook, Cook Like A Rock Star for Christmas last year. As I’m not exactly a genius in the kitchen, it’s no surprise that my brain exploded before I cooked a single thing. But it’s probably not for the reason you think.
In the first section, Anne explains: “Salt is a flavor enhancer; it makes things taste like what they are… Pepper, on the other hand, is not a flavor enhancer. It’s a very strong spice and it adds another flavor to food.” (Cook Like A Rock Star, pp. 16-17)
Did you know that bit about salt?? I had no idea. And for some reason I find it AMAZING. You see, pepper – and countless other herbs and spices – are basically what I thought: different flavors you add to food. But salt? SALT! SALT is totally its own kind of thing. SALT MAKES THINGS TASTE MORE LIKE THEMSELVES.
And then I have this epiphany about something in the Bible. Jesus actually says, “You are the salt of the earth.”
I’ve always imagined that meant I should add a “holy” flavor to the world. But by “holy,” I really mean “something different, better, more Jesus-y than me.” Not exactly like I’m trying to be something I’m not… but kind of.
I think sometimes, deep down, we think that God doesn’t even really like us. And that if He does, it’s only because He doesn’t know us well enough to know any better.
But what if He does like you? What if the things you love and the things you’re good at actually DELIGHT Him? What if He’s not trying to cover you up with some other “holier” flavor. What if the holiness is found in you becoming MORE OF WHO YOU ARE. The real you. The true you.
YOUR LIFE IN CHRIST IS NOT A BIG COVERUP. It’s a big REVEAL. It’s a revealing of the best, truest version of you. Which, in turn, reveals Jesus.
We can squelch our saltiness with a misguided humility or reprimand of, “The world doesn’t need more of me! It needs more of Jesus!”
YES, the world needs more of Jesus. But listen to me — YOU, surrendered and offered to Jesus, IS more of Jesus!!! You were made in His image. If you’re a Christian, you carry His Spirit. He made you uniquely and for a great purpose. And HE LIKES YOU THAT WAY.
What are you good at? What do you like? What is important to you? What gets your heart pumping or your mind churning? Do you believe that what is important to you might be really important to God too?
What would it mean for you to believe that Jesus isn’t trying to cover you up?