If you are a movie fan, especially the secret agent, action-packed type of movie fan, you’ve no doubt heard the line “shaken, not sitrred” when James Bond (007) orders his vodka martinis. In an article published in the Los Angeles Times in 2013, “Docs explain why James Bond prefers his martinis ‘shaken, not stirred” the reason behind Bond’s preference for his martinis is tackled:
Scientists know that the best way to make a vodka martini is to mix the ingredients with a thin wooden spoon — it combines the ingredients effectively without raising the drink’s temperature the way a metal stirrer would. So why would James Bond, the world’s most sophisticated martini drinker, routinely order his cocktail “shaken, not stirred”?
You can read the article for yourself if you want their answer but that isn’t the point of this post. The point, is that it doesn’t make sense. The greatest secret agent in movie history seems to have it backwards. (I would suggest eliminating vodka martinis altogether but what do I know?)
In the sixth chapter of Luke’s Gospel he records a “shaken, not stirred” moment of heavenly proportion. Beginning in verse 27, Jesus spoke to a multitude of people by addressing cultural interactions in counter-cultural ways. In summary, he told his hearers to love their enemies instead of hating them, to judge themselves instead of judging others, and that there was no cover up for unrighteous living; the fruit of their lives would bear witness to their souls.
To the sin-stained, human heart it seems counter-intuitive to love someone who has wronged you or focus on yourself with honest eyes instead of passing judgment on the actions of others. Many of us also believe we can hang whatever fruit we want to on the tree of our lives for others to see whether it is genuine or not. But the key to a peace-filled life lies in doing things that don’t make sense to anyone but God. Only when we live out the Gospel in the ways Jesus prescribed do we find a peace that is indescribable which produces inside of us a life that won’t be shaken or stirred. As Jesus finished his teachings He brought it all together:
“Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do what I tell you? Everyone who comes to me and hears my words and does them, I will show you what he is like: he is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. And when a flood arose, the stream broke against that house and could not shake it, because it had been well built. But the one who hears and does not do them is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. When the stream broke against it, immediately it fell, and the ruin of that house was great.” (Luke 6:46-49 ESV)
Laying a foundation for your life that will endure storms will only be found doing what seems backwards to the world…and it’s got nothing to do with martinis.
“Truly my soul finds rest in God; my salvation comes from him. Truly he is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will never be shaken.” (Psalm 62:1-2 NIV)