Fresh Words.... Fresh Or Reheated Christian Crack
Kids say the funniest things that much I know for sure. Proof of this came a few years ago when I was teaching vacation bible school. a 5 year old raised his hand, "Yes", I said as I pointed to him. Off topic and with a sureness he was correct he stated, "coffee is christian crack!" It was a statement I knew was somewhat true, but I had no intentions of giving up my sweet hot brown liquid, "junk!" I had given it up at different periods of time before but it gave me headaches and made me very irritable. No this isn't a devotion about the evils of coffee it is about the fine goodness of being hooked on the good stuff. Now I'm no coffee snob I will drink anything I only have two rules it must be caffeinated and it must be fresh. "If it's decaf we might as well be drinking hot brown water" as Letterman once said. If It's not fresh it's just not what it's supposed to be!Close your eyes for a second, can you smell it? That first brew in the morning is percolating your eyes are barely open but you know that it's almost ready. You walk in the kitchen, grab your favorite mug and pour that first cup of joe. After mixing in cream and sugar you taste it. It's amazing everything is right with the world as you sip away. Now imagine with me again it's the next day. You wake up get out of bed, painfully stub your toe on the dresser you limp into the kitchen except, there's no coffee made just a microwave starring you in face. You open it up only to find yesterday's coffee. The mug is a little dirty and the coffee inside looks a little questionable. "Maybe I should make a fresh pot" you think to yourself. Nah this is easier as you beeb beeb beeb the microwave to 45 seconds. Almost in a instant it's ready. It tastes as bad as it looks but you just keep drinking not understanding why this isn't the same as yesterday. Now this all sound a little Impractical as any true coffee conasuir will always choose fresh over leftovers.
Not so for the average christian, just like the coffee analogy, they once had it fresh everyday but somehow got lazy and just reheated what was already there. The cup got dirty so a quick rinsing of the outside will make things better. Yet they don't understand the loss of the pep in their step. They used to have this glow that just spoke to people without saying a word. Sometimes it's not even anything they're doing it's what they aren't doing. If Jesus is the coffee maker for our soul we will need to come to him often to let him clean our cup and give us his freshness. Roman 12:2 says
"Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will". John 4:14 says "but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” A key part in that verse is "welling up", meaning a continual water storage facility. If we only have one drink of coffee, it won't even last us a day!Spiritually one drink of Jesus isn't enough either, we need to drink as much as we can until we are a water storage facility freshly giving out to others.