Welcome Readers! In my reading and research, I often find fascinating pieces of information. From the diaries of Ma Huan (1424, ancient Malaysia) in Gavin Menzies’ book, 1421 – The Year China Discovered America, we find the following facts about the coconut.
10 Uses for the Coconut
- Sweet syrup to drink
- Syrup into wine from fermentation
- Oil from the flesh
- Oil can be refined into sugar
- Meat can be used for food
- Outside fibers for rope
- Shell for bowls and cups
- Burnt shell makes ash for inlaying gold and silver
- Trees used for houses
- Leaves used for roofing
Interesting, yes, but what can we learn from this observation of the coconut? I found two principles in the Bible that relate to the Church and believers:
2 Bible Lessons from the Coconut
1.) We are to be humbly pliable toward our fellow man.
Paul says, “I have become all things to all men, so that I may by all means save some.”
(I Corinthians 9:22) This doesn’t mean I am to compromise, but I am to put love before myself. I am one person, but will become whatever someone needs me to be to show Christ’s love.
For instance, even if I’m not a mechanic, I offer myself to the man with the broken down car. Can I be used? And through me assuming the role of a servant, perhaps the message of Christ can be shared. One vessel of “coconut” used in whatever way I’m needed.
2.) We are one Body of Christ, but with many joints and members.
Like a single coconut, Christians are one unit, one family. In Ephesians 4, we are shown that all the uses of each part of the “coconut” are significant. I Corinthians 12:23 explains how even the seemingly weaker members of the body are important.
You and I might toss the fibrous tissue of a coconut, but in the right hands, that fiber can become a mighty rope.
Romans 1:20 talks about how the creation of the world shows God’s invisible attributes, eternal power, and divine nature. I like to think the coconut is showing us something of God, as well.
Have you seen things in nature that display glimpses of God’s nature?
See you in the field!
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