Coffee is a beautiful thing!
A few years ago, while on a church trip, I was given a coffee mug. I have used it nearly every day since. The wide bottom makes it so it doesn’t tip over very easy. As you can see I have worn off much of the label! This past Summer I got a new coffee cup and, in the excitement of something new, began using that one as of late. Today I forgot the cup and I remembered that I still had this older, well-used one.
The problem was that it had not been used for a while and it had some coffee left in it. I didn’t just want to add more coffee. I needed to get rid of the old and put in the new.
- The cup couldn’t wash itself. As much as I would like, dishes still do not wash themselves. We might have technology that speeds the process up and reduces the labor of the individual, but dishes do not wash themselves.
- There was no point in just wiping off the outside. I could have set it down in the sink with water but the problem was not the outside, it was the inside. It needed to be clean from the inside out. Simply washing off the outside would not have affected that which was floating in the cup!
- Fill it up! Now that the cup was clean I could have what I wanted – COFFEE!
Our lives are often like this cup. By our own choosing we do not put ourselves in the Master’s hands every day. As a result, we become stagnant and bad things begin to grow inside of us: hate, malice, envy, lust, pride, and more. These will take what was good, but now unused, and degrade it to the point that it is sickening. Like the cup, we cannot wash ourselves. We must allow God to wash us from the inside out. Though we may try to attend church more, be better people, and do the right thing. Adding fresh coffee to that mug would have tainted the whole cup. We must be emptied of all the nasty by God’s power through our faith and confession. Then the Spirit will fill us up once again.
This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun! 2 Corinthians 5:17