This morning I stumbled around in the kitchen to make my coffee. I was following my normal routine of first preparing my reusable K-cup receptacle with fresh coffee and started before preparing the larger coffee pot later for the morning.
I do this because the automatic drip coffee maker takes much longer to brew coffee than does the Keurig machine. By the time I draw the large pot of filtered water, carefully pour it into the reservoir of the drip coffee maker, empty the coffee basket, rinse out the old grounds residue, put it back in the machine, then put in fresh coffee, and push the start button; my Keurig has filled the air with the aroma of freshly brewed beverage and is ready for me with a bright and cheery ‘Enjoy!’ message displayed on its panel.
It didn’t work that way this morning.
I extracted the reusable K-cup from the Keurig, emptied the grounds into the trash, rinsed the basket and cover and set them down on the counter next to my coffee mug and the container I keep the fresh coffee in; all is well.
I scooped out a heaping measure of the coffee and pour it in…
… the coffee mug and not the reusable K-cup receptacle!
Since I had just rinsed out the mug, the coffee grounds were instantly soaked and stuck to the mug, so my only recourse was to dump the fresh unused coffee grounds into the trash and rinse out my mug again, and then start the process over again.
Now as I sit here, telling you all this, I realize that what I did this morning is what many of us do in our walk with the Lord.
Don’t feel too bad about it. I’m not here to beat you over the head and tell you you’re blowing the opportunity, to serve in the manner you’re called to…
… On second thought, I will not beat you over the head, but I will tell you you’re blowing the opportunity to serve Jesus in the manner he wants us to serve Him, when we don’t remain alert and awake.
Yesterday we talked about Jesus praying in the Garden of Gethsemane. The disciples were with Him fell asleep as He prayed. We noted that this was from grief, regardless, Jesus scolded them about it.
“Why are you sleeping?” he asked them. “Get up and pray, so that you won’t fall into temptation.”
Luke 22:46 (CSB)
Jesus was telling them; their state of sleep was putting them at risk for falling into temptation. Temptation which ultimately could cause them not to performing to their own expectations, but even more important the expectation of the Lord’s!
Somewhat like my coffee grounds this morning.
Peter reinforced this…
Be sober-minded, be alert. Your adversary the devil is prowling around like a roaring lion, looking for anyone he can devour.
1 Peter 5:8 (CSB)
If we don’t get that caffeine coursing through our veins spiritually, we can, and will be taken advantage of, by the enemy. The Disciple asleep and unaware of their surrounding can and will dump fresh ground coffee into the mug, wasting it.
We all do it more than we should. We become lulled into a familiar pattern of practice in our faith. We go to Church, we sing, we pray, we even spend time with God’s Word properly feeding our spirit and allow His Spirit to instruct us. But ultimately there comes a point when we are unaware of what God is placing before us until it is too late to respond appropriately.
Catch the foxes for us — the little foxes that ruin the vineyards — for our vineyards are in bloom.
Song of Solomon 2:15 (CSB)
See it is the little missed opportunities that spoil our relationship with the Lord. They pass by us as we slumber, in the confidence of our condition. Not praying when we should, not involved in the study of the Word as we ought to, and not sharing the abundance of the Grace and Love that Jesus imparts to us and expects us to share with others.
Others we know. Others we by chance meet in our journey’s. Others lost, in their sin and death, unless we sow the seed of the Good News in their hearts.
The birds may swallow that seed, it may languish on hard packed rocky ground, it may spring up and be choked out by the thorns and briars. Then again, it very well may find fertile, moist soil in a heart prepared by the Holy Spirit to receive it, springing to life a fresh new Disciple of the Lord Jesus Christ!
But only if we are awake and not dumping that seed on the pathway, we have trodden down by many footsteps that have gone before us, only to become food for the birds of the air.
It is absolutely ‘a waste of Grace’. It’s also a waste of the life purpose architected for us by the Lord.
A thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I have come so that they may have life and have it in abundance.
John 10:10 (CSB)
The proffer of that life isn’t accomplished by proclamation to the masses.
The gift of life is conveyed, one person at a time. Not to say someone can’t connect with the almighty because of listening to a radio or television broadcast, they well may. But the connect is made, when the Holy Spirit does His work, in an individual, and that person comprehends the message of hope and grace, contained in the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
“Be on your guard, so that your minds are not dulled from carousing, drunkenness, and worries of life, or that day will come on you unexpectedly like a trap. For it will come on all who live on the face of the whole earth. But be alert at all times, praying that you may have strength to escape all these things that are going to take place and to stand before the Son of Man.”
Luke 21:34-36 (CSB)
I pray that this devotional helps to do that for someone.
Our responsibility isn’t the harvest, it is the sewing of the seed in as many places as we can find to sew it. Not be asleep. We are the propagation of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and it is time we are about our business.
He was in the world, and the world was created through him, and yet the world did not recognize him. He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. But to all who did receive him, he gave them the right to be children of God, to those who believe in his name, who were born, not of natural descent, or of the will of the flesh, or of the will of man, but of God.
John 1:10-13 (CSB)
This makes us adoption agents for God.
Our task is to be alert and awake, seizing every opportunity we can to have a closer walk with the Lord, be more obedient to His commands, share His Good News with all that will listen, and disciple those who do.
Everything exposed by the light is made visible, for what makes everything visible is light. Therefore it is said: Get up, sleeper, and rise up from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.
Ephesians 5:13-14 (CSB)
In His Grace,