For many, a cup of coffee is something sacred. You don’t need to be the religious type to be convinced.
In the liturgy of life, a routine more ingrained in us than centuries of masses and services, we pour or buy what is a symbolic of comfort and help.
I have an invitation to those who drink that comfort food. Paul the apostle invites us into something bigger than dopamine/beta-endorphins flow to the head when we “eat and drink or whatever you do” (1 Corinthians 10:31).
With all the revisiting of the preachers, teachers and thinkers of old, we rarely explore soli Deo gloria (for the glory of God alone), experientially.
We, if at all, obey Paul’s exhortation by declaring “I’m going this for God and his glory.” If, however, that glory is so majestic as to be worthy of our most insignificant activity (eating and drinking), then should we do so in name alone?
Here is the application from Paul: Take your coffee, and pray as long as you can over it. Lord, say you in the morning or at the start of the night-shift, “make this a partaking of your glory.” Say you, “let me both partake in a way that gives you glory, and of which I may see you in splendor.” And, “let me literally, taste and see that the Lord is good.”
If you persist in this, seeking first the Kingdom of God even in the morning routine, you will invite God into the nooks and crannies of your day. You will become a God addict. You will crave his presence in mopping floors, wiping diapers, and making dinner.
There is much talk among those whose spiritual gift is killing trees about the heresy of a secular sacred divide. But how many of us do something about that, and ask the Lord for invasions into our coffee conversations, our English assignments, and the most despised of duties.
This is our God. His eyes search the earth for those who want nothing but him. “One thing I have asked for,” says thirsty David, “and that will I seek after.” What, David do you desire? What is it you search after? “To dwell in the house of the Lord, gazing at the beauty of the Lord in his temple.”
Is this a call to monasticism? A study of the life of David disproves that notion. It is a call to live a life saturated with God, from day-job, to family life. Therefore man or woman, adolescent, or senior, consecrate your coffee, soda, homework, parenting, and every sort of task to the Lord.
Learn the lesson of David, “in your presence is fullness of joy.” That doesn’t mean he sat in the Tabernacle day and night. It means his whole life was saturated with the presence of God. Come and see.