Peanut Butter and BreadMay 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.