RADISHES…are an edible root vegetable.They are grown and consumed throughout the world, being mostly eaten raw as a crunchy salad vegetable.
They were domesticated in Europe during pre-Roman times. There are numerous varieties, varying in size, flavor, color and length of time they take to mature. I have always marveled at how God can color the outside and produce a white inside.
The taste is so distinct, quite sharp. I love it; the sharper the better! We frequently store them in the fridge in a bowl of water to keep them fresh for snacking. A little salt really helps. Just saying! Their nutritional value includes minerals and vitamins, with low fat content. These guys will clear your sinuses, and how. They are not horseradishes, though both are roots. While not of the same species, they do have one thing in common; their distinct taste.
Recently, as I was munching on a radish, it hit me that God,
in his creation, made so many distinct fruits, vegetables, nuts,
animals, trees, flowers etc. All have a planned purpose for our good.
At church our Bible class has launched into a study of Genesis. I had never taught the book, but have read and studied it over the years. In the first two chapters, you get a clear picture of how distinct mankind is in all of God’s creation. The first five days, everything is brought into existence with order. But, then on the sixth day of his labor, God creates man. He says; “Let Us create man in Our image, according to Our likeness” (Gen. 1:26a). Can’t get more distinct than that! The Us and Our is the Triune God-Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
He goes on to make a pronouncement that ‘we’ will have a very distinct purpose.Briefly, it is this:
1) be fruitful and multiply
2) fill the earth and subdue it
3) have dominion
4) rule over it.
If that is our purpose, I’d have to ask the question, “How are we doing?” To begin with, in chapter three, we blew it and are continuing to do so, even today. Sin entered into his creation causing separation between ‘us and them’. But by the grace of the cross, we are able to be redeemed and are capable of fulfilling our distinct purpose. God will not fail to fulfill his eternal purpose. He guaranteed that– by sending his Son, followed by his Spirit who remains in us who believe.
Though heaven is a distinct place, the very presence of Himself, while we are still here on his earth we are to be about being distinct from the world’s culture, reflecting the difference in believers and a non-believers. Not out of prideful conceit, but in distinctive humility. And in doing so, they will be drawn to the Christ in us. He is the distinctive difference!
And how does he propose that we accomplish this? In these divisive days in America and around the world we are commanded to be salt, light and leaven. But how? Love, God’s way! AGAPE! Unconditional, selfless! Giving ourselves to others, no matter the cost. Jesus said; “By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another” (Jn. 13:35).
When the early church began, thousands were attracted to this new way of life. What did they see? Just this! They were unselfishly giving themselves and their possessions to those in need. If you meditate on Acts 2:42-47, you will see a ‘movement’ beginning with unlimited potential. Why did this happen? They were open to allow the Spirit of God to use them. Whatever they had they made available for the good of others. That was distinctive then, and still is today.
I absolutely love verse 47b. “And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved.” They got it! They had found the meaning of life and people wanted what they had.
Today, most churches in America are adding members to their roles who came from other churches. But, there are places throughout the world, where God is adding to his church–those who are being saved. People are in need, they are seeking answers and the church has the answer–Jesus! They are seeing something distinctly different from their own experiences.
Every believer is distinct, unique, gifted, free, forgiven-and the same Holy Spirit who worked mightily in the first century church is seeking to work those same works in us. Read and meditate on Ephesians 2:10. “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” Would you say that being God’s workmanship is distinct? The radish has nothing on you.
He has had from the beginning a purpose and distinct plan for your life. What is it? The Spirit is willing–are you?
Bill C. Dotson
All scripture taken from the New King James Version
Wikipedia was consulted concerning radishes