Someone recently asked me whether there are degrees of salvation, for instance is the television evangelist more “saved” than the congregant in the corner storefront mission?
Oddly, what came to mind when that question was posed is butter churning of the early American colonists.
Butter churning always begins with cream. Think of this cream as God’s salvation through Jesus Christ. The cream is placed in a wooden or earthenware container. Then it is moved continually with a stick attached to a circle or two crossed pieces of wood until the cream, salvation, is turned into butter, something useful and to be enjoyed and shared.
So we start with cream, our salvation, and through effort and action, it becomes something useful and to be enjoyed and shared. We can put our salvation into action through evangelism, service deeds, prayer and worship, learning from these actions and edifying others by disseminating the knowledge. In other words, we are able to help mankind through our own salvation, a free gift from God through the sacrifice of His Son, Jesus Christ.
Moving the cream constantly is the churning that actually produces butter. God is our partner in the churning process, guiding and supporting our every churn. Sometimes it is a long and arduous process.
The early American colonists often sang or chanted a song as they churned that went:
Come butter come
Come butter come
Peter is standing at the gate
Waiting for a buttered cake
What did the early American colonists know that some Christians of our generation have forgotten? Have faith.
Churning song credit to http://www.oldandinteresting.com.