Muffins on the Rise

Over the years, I have consistently kept homemade muffins from my tried and true recipes on hand. The first step for any kind of muffin is mixing the dry ingredients (including baking soda or baking powder) so that when the liquid components are added, all ingredients can be mixed as quickly as possible. The reason for this process is that when the wet ingredients are added to the inactive leavening agent, the muffin mixture will be quickly activated and begin rising; then it is necessary to act immediately to get the muffins into the oven so that they do not deflate.

Perhaps by using this baking process as a metaphor, we can more clearly understand how we become empowered by the Holy Spirit: The Lord has given talents, gifts, and abilities that are to be used for service and glory to Him; but, they are essentially dormant or not spiritually effective until the Holy Spirit activates and empowers them (Eph. 3:16; Romans 12:6; 1 Tim. 4:14; 1 Cor. 2:12; 1 Cor. 12:7). At that time, it is imperative to act immediately in obedience to carry out God’s will before we question or doubt, and our conviction and enthusiasm “deflate”—at that time we are optimally prepared to be empowered and activated through His Holy Spirit!