Theme: Discipleship

Shopping in the recently I saw a bottle of juice with the following description on its label: “Blueberry Pomegranate, 100 percent juice, all natural.”

And then I read the ingredients list: Filtered water, pear juice concentrate, apple juice concentrate, grape juice concentrate. “Where was the blueberry? Where was the pomegranate? Finally I found them, fifth and seventh on a list of nine ingredients, after mysteriously unspecified natural flavors.

By law, food ingredients are listed in descending order of weight. The means a product contains the greatest proportion of the first ingredient on the list and successively less of those farther down. So according to this list, the jug in my hand held mostly water and other juices, with just enough blueberry and pomegranate for flavor and color.

In the bottom corner of the front label, in small, easy-to-miss type, were the tell-tale words: Flavored juice blend with other natural ingredients. The enticing pictures and clever labeling were decoys to sell a diluted, blueberry-pomegranate flavored product, convincingly disguised to look like something it wasn’t. I put the juice back on the shelf.

I left the store empty-handed and wondering, What if I had an ingredients list printed on me? Would Jesus be the main ingredient? If not, how far down the list my “label” accurately represent my contents? Or would I falsely project a misleading outward appearance that cleverly masked diluted ingredients? My packaging my convincing. I may look and sound like the real thing. But what if someone came to me looking for Jesus beneath my “Christian” label and found something else? Something Jesus-flavored but not Jesus Filled?

Author: Erin Bunting

Are we True Disciples?

  • If you’re a true disciple, your Christian walk will be challenging and exciting 
  • If you’re a true disciple, your Christian life will have a sense of purpose and direction  
  • If you’re true disciple, your Christian life is not dull, unfulfilling, and even boring 
  • A disciple is defined as a learner, a pupil, one who comes to be taught 
  • It literally takes one to make one 
  • A disciple listens with attention and intention, and applies everything he has learned