Coffee is a wonderful drug. It not only keeps you awake but it makes you accumulate things so that your life revolves around it without you really knowing. At home I own numerous things in my kitchen and household that revolves around this little bean. I have a coffee machine in my kitchen which I use regularly throughout the day with all the accessories you use to make coffee. Next to it is the coffee grinder which we use to grind the beans we buy. Then there is the coffee plungers in the cupboard, the coffee mugs we use to put the coffee in, some mite still own a coffee percolator, there are the jars of coffee, the coffee table we place the coffee on when we sit down to drink it and the book on coffee, sitting on the coffee table telling you what you are drinking.
I’m sure there are many more things that are to do with coffee in one’s household but this is just the tip of the iceberg in a way. Coffee is something you offer someone when they come to your place and that’s why mine gets such a workout. Cause there’s really no decent coffee in Corowa.
But what about our faith, what about our convictions, why don’t we treat Jesus like we treat coffee? Why don’t our lives revolve around Jesus so every few hours we top ourselves up on him or we pray to him, making our lives and the things we have around us reminding us of his grace? When people come around, why don’t we feed them up with the gospel like we do with coffee?
Jesus gets a pretty raw deal when it comes to getting our attention sometimes, doesn’t he? I love the words of Deuteronomy 11:18-21, where it says
“Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates, so that your days and the days of your children may be many in the land the LORD swore to give your ancestors, as many as the days that the heavens are above the earth.”
You get a glimpse of how Moses wanted to take the Word of God and place it everywhere – inside and out, so that the believer may become saturated in it and find it inescapable. Let the Word of God energise us a thousand times what coffee does to most people and let us keep working at building our lives around the cross of Christ.
This is hopefully what we will be trying to achieve by starting up our Cafe Church next month. Imprinting God’s Word on people’s hearts and minds – to eat in and to take away as well.