Redeem the Apple!
There’s no evidence that Eve ate an apple. It is recorded in Scripture that “the tree was desirable to make one wise,” so Eve “took from its fruit and ate.” (Gen. 3:6)
Why is there any significance at all to that little detail?
Because scores of spiritually-thirsty, spiritually-famished people walk through different types of inviting doorways every week and “take a bite” out of something that might temporarily satisfy, but isn’t Jesus. These are sincere folks who are truly searching for the “Living Water” and for the “Bread of Life” but sometimes end up with stale soda (too sweet, no fizz, leaves you thirstier), decaf coffee (no energy, bad taste in your mouth), or disguised poison, which might look and feel good at the beginning but starts an inner decay that only grows worse. The “bread” they find might not be bread at all, but a mere illusion of sustenance they eagerly consume in the quest to fill their spiritual stomachs.
We who are His have such an incredible, noble, redemptive calling. Paul wrote, “…from now on we recognize no one according to the flesh…He has committed to us the word of reconciliation. Therefore we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us…” (2 Cor. 5:16, 19, 20)
“Committed” is a strong word. It doesn’t have any flavor of “maybe” about it. He has committed….so that we are committed. From the position of commitment, there’s no “generic fruit” handed out when someone asks for an apple. There’s no “generic spirituality” distributed when someone asks for Jesus. It’s our privilege to see those “rivers of living water” come forth and splash over everything they touch. Share the Kingdom with them; invite them in, tell them they’re welcome. That’s what Ambassadors do.