What does nitrogen fixing bacteria have anything to do with discipleship, or Christianity for that matter?
Blame it on my classmate, Fessy, for bringing this up while I was preparing for a discipleship meeting yesterday. In his post at our class FB group, he mentioned “roasted highland legumes” at the same exact moment I was reading Ephesians 1.3. And then pppfff, I saw the connection.
You see, in leguminous plants like soybeans and mongo, there is a kind of symbiotic bacteria that lives in their roots. They are the ones responsible for converting atmospheric nitrogen into nutrient form that would help plants grow. Without these bacteria, nitrogen would just float in the air and is pretty much useless to plants and the soil.
In Ephesians 1.3, Paul said that God the Father blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing IN CHRIST. See the connection yet? Blessings are sort of floating in the air, God put them there before the foundations of the world, they are for us, and they are just waiting to be appropriated to our lives anytime. The only condition is we “break them down into usable form” by faith IN CHRIST.
EVERY spiritual blessing is there, floating, hovering over us. Like nitrogen, they are available in the air. Like nitrogen, we don’t see them with our naked eye. Like nitrogen, they are waiting for the right conversion agent.
In Christ. That’s the operative word there. All these are for you IN CHRIST.