Spiritual Coffee

Several years ago, as I was driving to visit my kids, I was praising God and just spending time in His presence.  It is in times like this, with nothing to distract me (except perhaps the oncoming traffic) that God reveals or speaks things to me.  I have been carrying a spark, burning deep within, regarding the ‘lifestyle of worship” and the “secret place of the Lord” for some time now.  That day, God spoke through an analogy of how to teach others regarding the importance of worship and daily time in His presence.

Do you remember (Baby boomers) or have you seen photos of (Gen Xers) the old style of coffee pots that were commonplace in homes across our country years ago.  They consisted of a metal pot with a separate lid containing a hollow glass knob.  Inside, there was a thin metal pole with a basket on top, which held the fresh ground coffee.  To use this coffee pot, you would simply fill the pot with water (to the water level line inside of the pot), then insert the pole and basket into the pot.  Then the coffee would be poured into the basket and the top of the basket inserted.   After putting the coffee pot lid on, you would insert the power cord into the outlet and let the coffee “percolate,” a process of the very hot water straining through the coffee and very small holes of the basket.  This process extracted the flavor from the  ground coffee beans into the water to create what we call coffee.  Once the coffee reaches a certain temperature, it starts to bubble up into the glass knob on the lid.  This, along with the unmistakable aroma, lets us know that the coffee is ready to drink.

The analogy that the Lord showed me was that we are just like the coffee pot.  Our body is the coffee pot, ready to hold the basket, the ground coffee beans and the water.  The ground coffee is the Holy Spirit and the basket is our heart, where the Holy Spirit resides in each believer.  Our power supply is the praise, worship, and communion we have with the Lord.  The time we spend in the “secret place” (Matthew 6:6) is key.  But, just like the real coffee pot, if we try to make the coffee at this point, we will just burn up the pot.  We must have a full measure of water, which in the analogy, is the written Word of God, the Bible.  We must spend time daily in the Holy Scriptures to be adequately filled to our water mark.  If we are not completely filled, there will not be enough “spiritual coffee” to pour out for others.  There may not even be enough to pour out for ourselves.

When everything is right, the “spiritual coffee” starts to bubble and percolate within us.  It starts to pop up into the glass bulb on the lid, which represents our eyes.  The eyes have been called the window to our soul.  Luke 11:34 states: “The lamp of the body is the eye.”  This is when others start to see in us a change or a difference.  It might just be subtle or it may be a dramatic overhaul.  This is what leads others to say:  “There is something different about you.  You seem so much happier.  Nothing seems to shake you anymore.  What is it?”

At this point, they have just asked you to fill their “spiritual coffee cup.”  So, out of the spout (our mouths) comes the coffee, a sweet aroma and pleasantly warming to their taste.  Matthew 12:34 declares, “For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.”  This “spiritual coffee” is now a combination of the Holy Spirit (coffee), the Word of God (water), and our personal experiences.  It pours out of us in the form of a testimony and touches the very spirit and soul of others.

Remember, making coffee requires the right amount of ingredients.  If you fudge a little, it just doesn’t come out right.  After all, this isn’t about us anyway.  It’s all about Jesus!

Scripture Reference

Matthew 6:6  NKJV   But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.