Sweet Potato Noodle Bowl

Just Believe & Sweet Potato Nests

John 6:28-29 (icb)

The people asked Jesus, “What are the things God wants us to do?” Jesus answered, “The work God wants you to do is this: to believe in the One that God sent.”

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Jesus and His disciples were traveling all around, spreading the good news and performing miracles. Right before this conversation happened, Jesus used 5 loaves of bread and 2 fish to feed over 5,000 people. With leftovers. So it’s safe to say that the people had witnessed a miracle happen.

As the night fell, Jesus and His disciples left the area to go walk on water for a bit, no big deal. But the next day, the crowd came looking for Jesus again. They wanted answers. The miracles, the teachings; they had started to believe that this guy was the real deal. But they wanted a check-list of duties that it would take to follow Him.

So, they start by asking Him what they need to do, what God wanted from them. Jesus’ response is one that’s just as applicable today as it was then: believe in Him. Sounds too simple right? Too good to be true? That’s what they thought as well; the simplicity of Jesus’ response caused them to doubt. That’s when they asked for a sign, a miracle.

Sure, duplicating bread and fish is cool and all, but is it Messiah-worthy? And how could he say that all we have to do is believe in him? No way.

Does this sound familiar to you at all? Because it totally hits home for me. We tend to overcomplicate God and His desires for us. We hate being out of control, and simply trusting in Jesus is about as out of control as it gets. Sitting in the not-knowing makes us uncomfortable, so we create rules and structure that were never meant to exist in order to gain some power back. We construct systems and levels of righteousness because it’s too difficult, yet all too easy, to imagine that believing in One Savior puts us all on level playing field.

But it’s true; our purpose, our goods works, our passion, our love, our salvation, our lives, all hinge on one thing; belief in Jesus. Sure, that comes with bullet points listed underneath it, but what so many fail to recognize is that those bullet points aren’t a chore or a duty, they’re an honor and a blessing for those who truly do believe. In our haste to gain control, we often skip over the belief part and go straight to those bullet points.

Imagine applying for a job as a math teacher. The only requirement is that you must love math. Under the job description, it notes additional necessary skills, such as being efficient with powerpoint, good public speaking skills, and monthly weekend availability for math competitions. The problem is, you hate math. But, you can work powerpoint like a boss, you’re pretty great in front of large crowds, and what’s one weekend a month? You accept the job; go ‘head girl! However, after a short time, you realize that you’re making powerpoint presentations about math, speaking about math, and spending your weekends at math competitions. None of this is working.

When we skip over or ignore the main ingredient, we can’t just pretend our way through the rest of the agenda. Following Jesus, acting like Jesus, loving like Jesus, and living like Jesus are all secondary to one thing; belief in Jesus. Our “duties” as Christians shouldn’t be overcomplicated; if they are, it might be an indicator that we need to revisit the only real work that God wants us to do: believe in the One He sent.

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Can you identify any area of your faith that you’re overcomplicating? Take some time today to examine why you might be adding all the extra layers to that particular area, and revisit what Jesus’ tells us is our only “work”. Does this perspective shift change any of your thoughts?

Pray

For belief in Jesus to be continuously strengthened.

Sweet Potato Nests

5 minPrep Time

12 minCook Time

17 minTotal Time

Serves 1 •2 Sweet Potato Nests

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Ingredients

  • 1 medium sweet potato
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • salt
  • pepper
  • non-stick cooking spray

Instructions

  1. Peel sweet potato and microwave for 1 minute, just to soften
  2. Cut off ends and cut potato in half
  3. Place each half in a spiralizer and create noodles
  4. Spray skillet with non-stick cooking spray
  5. Sprinkle with parsley and cook noodles in skillet until soft, about 5 minutes
  6. Divide noodles into 2 separate piles in the skillet
  7. Crack 1 egg on top of each nest and cover with a lid
  8. Cook for an additional 7 minutes or until eggs reach desired texture
  9. Top with salt and pepper (optional)

Nutrition

7.8.1.2
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Tips & Tools

If you don’t have a spiralizer, you can also use a potato peeler to peel strips of the sweet potato off into “noodles”. It won’t be curly like the photos, but it will taste just as good! I definitely suggest microwaving your potato for a minute or so in order to make it soft enough to easily cut through with the spiralizer.

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