Spiced Apple Quinoa

A Humble Heart & Spiced Apple Quinoa

Acts 10:25-26 (nirv)

When Peter entered the house, Cornelius met him. As a sign of respect, he fell at Peter’s feet. But Peter made him get up. “Stand up,” he said. “I am only a man myself.”

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Cornelius was a Roman army officer who loved God, but was not a Jew. One day, He heard instructions from God to go and get Simon Peter, the disciple of Jesus. At the same time, Simon Peter had a vision about accepting all people in the same way that God does.

Cornelius did as he was told and sent for Simon Peter, who obliged and went to him. When he arrived, that’s when Cornelius bowed down. But Simon Peter wouldn’t accept his worship, because he knew the truth about who he was; a man.

He could have been arrogant and proud; after all, he spent more time with Jesus than almost anyone else on earth. He learned directly from the Teacher Himself. He watched Jesus raise a little girl from death. He walked on water. He chopped off a man’s ear in an effort to prevent Jesus’ arrest, and watched it heal right before his eyes. But he wasn’t proud, in fact, just the opposite.

Through his journey from fisherman to disciple to apostle, Simon Peter learned humility from the One who humbly performed miracles for non-believers, shed tears for the hateful, and died for the sinful. But it doesn’t always happen that way, does it? Unfortunately, some people disregard the humility that Jesus personally practiced and teaches about.

Their knowledge and “good acts” cause their vision to become blurry and their perspective to shift from Jesus to themselves. I’m guilty. I’ve decided many times that I’m better than someone else because I read the Word and they don’t, or I practice discipline and they don’t, or whatever foolish judgement I make in the moment.

I can easily imagine myself being in the shoes of Simon Peter in this story, and taking a different path. Smiling down at the man offering praise, thinking to myself; Finally, someone recognizes all the good stuff I’m doing.

Ironic, isn’t it? Becoming knowledgable about Jesus, and having a relationship with Him should encourage us to live like Him, but so often, we do just the opposite. We see a Man who didn’t boast and didn’t expect or accept praise, but gave all the glory to His Father in heaven (who is actually Him, by the way), and we choose to let it fuel our pride.

It happens to all of us; our earthly, human sides are prideful and constantly need to be examined and put back in place. That’s what this story of Simon Peter does for us. It shows us that no matter how much good we’ve done, or how well we know Jesus, we’re all just people, who would be lost without the Cross.

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Do you ever find yourself feeling prideful about your “Christian status”? Do you catch yourself feeling like you’re better than another person? How can you refocus your attention back on Jesus and learn from His humility?

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For a humble heart.

Spiced Apple Quinoa

2 minPrep Time

30 minCook Time

32 minTotal Time

Serves 1 Spiced Apple Quinoa Bowl

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Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup dry quinoa
  • 1/2 large apple
  • 1/4 cup greek yogurt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon apple pie spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon chopped walnuts

Instructions

  1. Cook quinoa according to package
  2. Chop apple into cubes and mix with cinnamon
  3. Heat apple over medium heat in a saucepan with a thin layer of water
  4. Cover with lid and allow to simmer for about 5 minutes or until apple is soft
  5. Combine quinoa, greek yogurt, walnuts, vanilla extract, apple pie spice, and half of the cooked apples and mix
  6. Spoon into a serving dish and top with remaining apples and drizzle with honey
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Nutrition info is calculated using Fage 0% Plain Greek Yogurt. For an extra apple-taste, you can simmer the chopped apples in apple juice!

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