Peanut Butter and Bread

May 27

My little nephew John John doesn’t eat a peanut butter sandwich the normal way.  He likes bread, and he likes peanut butter.  But he doesn’t like bread with peanut butter.  He wants the peanut butter in a spoon.  Sometimes he eats two or three spoonfuls this way.  My husband’s family calls this a peanut butter sucker.  The bread, John John eats by itself, soft and fluffy.
Does it really matter that my little man doesn’t like his lunch the way everyone else does?  Let’s see.  Is he still getting the nutrients and filling goodness that bread provides? Yes.  How about protein?  Does the peanut butter provide more protein when it’s on bread or does it still give the same amount in the spoon?  I think you know the answer to that.  
I have a comparison to make.  Often, we are quick to judge others when their religion looks different from ours.  I spent years in high school trying to “win” a friend for Christ who was Catholic.  ‘Cause you have to be Baptist to get into heaven, you see.  When you are baptized in the Baptist church, you are presented with a Get Into Heaven Free card as soon as you come up out of the water.  Right?  WRONG! 
Y’all is doesn’t matter if you are Catholic, Baptist, Pentecostal, Methodist, or Lutheran.  Friends, it doesn’t matter how you get your bread.  As long as you get the bread.
Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty. John 6:35 NIV
If you know that you are a sinner… If you then confess those sins and ask God to cleanse you from your unrighteousness… If you believe that Jesus is God’s only Son who died on a cross and rose again to bring new life, then you can get your Get Into Heaven Free card.  The cost is free to you, because Christ paid for it.  
Let us not get caught up in the details of dunking, sprinkling, spritzing, or running by the river.  
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. John 14:6 NIV
Get your bread and get some peanut butter or the meat of God’s Word.  All the rest is just details.  Just a little food for thought.

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  • DeAnna May 27 at 3:28 pm

    Great analogy, Carol. So many times we get caught up in the fluffy details and ignore the underlying principles that are the heart and soul of the matter.

  • Stephanie (Ocean Mommy) May 27 at 8:20 pm

    Amen and Amen.

  • Sita May 28 at 2:36 am

    I can relate, Carol. I went to a Catholic high school and thought they had to leave the RC church to be Christians. Wrong! A couple of my close pals are devout born again believers who are also RC. People like Mother Theresa and Thomas a Kempis have greatly affected me in my getting to know God.
    I was so glad to join IVCF at university as they really force you to think outside of the box you grew up in until you realize God cannot fit into that box any longer and you begin to see the Church as believers from all walks of life and denominations.
    God is great, huh?
    Blessings, Sita

  • kmom3 May 28 at 12:37 pm

    Fantastic, fantastic, FANTASTIC!!!!
    (ummm…obviously I quite agree!)
    Many of my closest friend are a different denomination than I am. But who cares? We all love Jesus. We are all living for Him. Isn’t that what it is all about?
    Thanks, Carol. As I said before, this was FANTASTIC! 🙂

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