Banana Split Recipe

Obedience & a Banana Split

John 15:10-11 (easy)

If you obey what I have told you, you will be living in my love. In the same way, I have obeyed what my Father has told me to do. In that way, I live in his love. I want you to be completely happy, in the same way that I myself am happy. That is why I have told you these things.

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Honestly, I hate the word obedience. Just thinking about the word brings my defense level up to a ten, real quick. But when I look at why that word makes me so uncomfortable, it has a lot more to do with society’s definition than God’s. In fact, the word obey can be translated to simply mean “to listen” or “to trust”.

If you listen to what I have told you, you will be living in my love. In the same way, I have obeyed what my Father has told me to do. In that way, I live in his love.

That makes this verse a lot easier to read, doesn’t it? Ultimately, I think that’s what God is really saying here – listen to me, trust me. God isn’t an evil dictator who wants His way all the time. He isn’t sitting on an angry storm cloud demanding that we follow His rules. If the God of the universe really wanted us to just obey Him, He would have designed us that way. No, our kind, loving God desires that we listen to Him because He knows it will lead to our happiness. That’s exactly what Jesus is saying in verse 11.

Jesus knows our hearts, He knows the negative connotation that the word obey carries. That’s why He goes on to tell us why He’s requesting our obedience. Can we stop for a second to look at how cool our God is? Not only is He offering us the answer to the question we’re all asking (how can I just be happy?!), He’s also offering an explanation – one that He definitely doesn’t owe us.

Doesn’t it put a new perspective on the “rules” of the Bible? God isn’t trying to control us, make us boring, or ruin our fun; He’s trying to show us the way to happiness. And the closer we choose to listen to Him, the happier we’ll be.

There are so many commands in the Bible that don’t sound enjoyable to follow. Most of us can get on board with the whole “don’t kill people” thing, but when it comes to changing our daily routines and behaviors, it becomes more challenging. Love people who treat me like garbage? Forgive someone 77 times for the same mistake? Thanks, but I’m good, God.

The truth is that I’m not good. I’m not completely happy; I don’t even know if I’d call myself half-happy most days. But God already knows that. And He’s offered me a solution – listen to Him, trust Him. I’ll never do this perfectly, not even anywhere near it. But the closer I get, the more happiness I feel. And honestly, it’s not always right away. I don’t feel immediate joy as I bite my tongue during a disagreement at home, but the result of that obedience does bring me joy. That’s what God’s asking of us here.

Trust is usually about the long term result. My husband is a financial advisor. When people invest their money with him, they’re choosing to trust him throughout the process, even if things seem stagnant for periods of time, or even challenging during certain seasons. Most people know that they shouldn’t expect to see immediate results from investing their money with him because there’s a period of growth that has to happen. Often times, it’s the same way when we give our hearts to God. But unlike the stock market, when we choose to “invest” ourselves in God’s plan, we can rest in the fact that we’re completely safe and protected.

Write

In what ways do you struggle with obedience to God’s word? Are you holding on to any negative feelings or ideas about obedience that might be keeping you from the complete happiness that Jesus has for you?

Pray

For a heart that desires to please God above all else.

Banana Split

5 minPrep Time

5 minCook Time

10 minTotal Time

Serves 1 with Leftover Granola

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Ingredients

  • 1 large banana
  • 1/2 cup greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons granola (store bought or homemade; see recipe below)
  • 1/4 cup mixed berries of choice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon raw honey (optional)
  • Chewy Granola
  • 1 1/4 cup old fashioned oats
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 tablespoon raw honey
  • 1 tablespoon almond butter
  • 1 tablespoon powdered peanut butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon raisins
  • 1 tablespoon chopped pecans

Instructions

    Banana Split
  1. Slice banana in half, lengthwise, without cutting the entire way to the bottom (similar to cutting a baked potato)
  2. Fill the center of the banana with greek yogurt and fruit
  3. Top with granola and sprinkle with ground cinnamon
  4. Drizzle honey across the top if desired
  5. Chewy Granola
  6. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  7. In a bowl, combine all ingredients for granola and mix well
  8. Place granola on a baking sheet and cook for 5 minutes
  9. Allow granola to cool for 10 minutes
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This could quite possibly be the world’s easiest and quickest breakfast – while still being delicious and nutritious. I’m going to stop now at the risk of sounding like a cereal commercial, but I just want you to know that this pretty much checks all the boxes.

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