The Pie of God
Admittedly, this post may seem a little odd, but bear with us and feel free to give us your feedback!
“For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God“ (Rom 3:23).
Most of us are familiar with that passage. But what is sin? Sin is, by definition (1 John 3:4), not following God’s commandments. God is Holy which means, in order to be in His presence, we cannot have sin in our lives. Unfortunately, we live in a fallen world and have a sinful nature. This nature prevents God from having the relationship with us that He desires without His help. God loves us so much, He created a recipe (a plan) for the perfect pie (the Pie of Salvation); it’s one of reconciliation and blessing.
In this recipe, every ingredient has its place and its purpose. God began by creating a crust made up of His commandments, statutes, and ordinances to teach us what sin is so we can avoid it and please Him. Then He gave each of us a measure of faith (Rom 12:3) as it’s impossible to please God without it (Heb 11:6). So now we know that it is possible to please God because He gave us His ways to follow and provided the faith necessary to do so. However, following God’s commandments is not what saves us, it’s just a crust, a shell to live in; it’s not the whole pie. What else makes up a pie? The filling.
The filling is God’s salvation, His son Jesus (Yeshua), the plan of redemption. In order to be reconciled to Him, sin has to be removed from our lives; and, according to His own commandments, a sacrifice had to be made. You see, even God has to follow His own commandments. If He didn’t, He wouldn’t be righteous and just. For our salvation, He sent His son, the Word made flesh, to us full of His love and grace. Just as the pie filling does not get rid of the pie crust, but instead makes the pie whole or complete, so God’s salvation did not do away with His commandments, but filled them full of meaning.
Many believe the greatest and best part of a pie is the filling (isn’t salvation the greatest gift?). Indeed, the type of filling identifies what type of pie it is. You can eat just the filling and thoroughly enjoy it. However, some people prefer the crust only and they really enjoy it (by being a good, moral person or a follower of just the law). Unfortunately, one can’t get the full experience of a good pie by eating just the filling or just the crust. In order to truly experience pie, to get the most enjoyment from it, we need the whole pie, both parts…together.
Sure, one can follow just God’s laws and receiving the blessings in your life for obedience (the rain falls on the just and the unjust too remember), but you won’t be saved and reconciled to God. You can accept Christ, God’s salvation (be reconciled), and not follow all of God’s laws (commandments), but then you’ll miss out on many blessings God has for you. God gave us His law, His ways AND His salvation that we may have blessing in our lives and be reconciled to Him for eternity. He made and then gave us a whole pie to enjoy, not just the crust or the filling. The fullness of God’s Law is completed through our desire to and the walking out of His Word. This is made possible through faith in and the acceptance of His son, Yeshua, for our Salvation. It’s not just one or the other, it’s both together. So, go on, enjoy the Pie of God…all of it, not just part of it.
Have you ever thought of God’s Law as pie? You may have heard the entire Word of God is a love letter. Makes sense right? God is Love; Jesus is the Word made flesh. Jesus is God. So I can see the Word being a love letter. God loves us, there’s no denying that. He loves us so much that he wants us to have eternal life and dwell with him forever! In order to dwell with Him though, we cannot have sin in our lives; and sin is breaking God’s law. That all makes perfect sense…but is God’s law like pie? Well, let’s see. What are the main parts of a pie? The crust, and the filling.
God first made the crust of the pie by giving us His commandments (statutes & ordinances) for us to follow. These commandments (or as some call them “laws”) are made so that we know how to live, what to do, what not to do. Basically, he defined for us what sin is so that we knew what to avoid. That knowledge helps keep us safe; it gives us a firm foundation and can bring blessings when we follow God’s laws, but it doesn’t give us salvation; it’s not the whole pie.
To many (like myself) the filling is the best part! I mean that’s where all of the flavor is. Well, God provided Salvation for us too, the best part! God’s Salvation is the filling of the pie, but it still is not the whole pie. It takes both the crust and the filling in order to have a whole pie, God’s Whole Law . You can eat just the filling and thoroughly enjoy it. You can eat the crust only and really enjoy it. Yet one can’t get the full experience of a good pie by eating just the filling or just the crust.
In order to truly experience pie and get the full enjoyment out of it, you need the whole pie, both parts, together. Just a thought.