It's Time to Marinate - Two Cities Church

It’s Time to Marinate

Marinated and slow-cooked meat is so much better than anything instant, isn’t it? Don’t get me wrong, I’ve got an INSTAPOT, but nothing beats the tenderness and taste of slow-cooked food. There’s lots of science behind it too, but I won’t bore you with that. Instead, here’s a quick guide to how long you should marinate your meats.

How long does it take to marinate?

  • Seafood – 14-30 minutes; No more than 1 Hour
  • Chicken –  2 Hours
  • Pork Loin – 4 Hours
  • Lamb – 4-8 Hours
  • Beef – 24 Hours+

I think reading the Bible is similar. The more you let the teachings of Jesus and the New Testament writers marinate, the better.

Now I don’t know about you, but I’m no chicken. I’m not a pig. I don’t swim like a fish. And there’s only one LAMB of God, Jesus. So I must be like steak and I need to soak in the scripture and let it permeate my soul for at least 24 hours. That means to… 

  • Read it
  • Study it
  • Let it fester in my mind (aka meditate on it)
  • Pray about it
  • And write something down that is revealed to me through the process.

It’s only after a good marinating session that I’m usually ready to submit my life to it and actually apply it. And even then, sometimes it takes much longer. So if you aren’t letting scripture marinate in your soul, if you’re not letting it fester in your mind and sometimes frustrate and challenge your assumptions, you’re probably not going to taste very good.

So how long does it take? LONGER THAN YOU THINK and I’d like to challenge you to take more time to marinate in the Scriptures. Need a guide in the process? Check out the YouVersion Bible App because they’ve got tons of free reading plans or do what I’m doing, get yourself a Scribe Bible Journal and follow along in their two-year reading plan. Let me know if you have any questions because I believe this simple practice will transform your relationship with Jesus and your outlook on life.

– Micah, Lead Pastor


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