I just love a really good cup of coffee. I love the way the beans smell in the bag. I love the way the coffee smells when it’s brewing and then there’s the best part…holding that hot cup of freshly brewed coffee in hand and taking the first sip. Mmmm….I even find myself smiling at night because I know that when I wake up I will once again have the chance to hold the delicious cup of coffee and so the cycle goes.
I wish I could say the obsession stopped there but it doesn’t. I post cute coffee sayings on Facebook. I like and share funny coffee quotes too. Last year I created a “coffee station” in my kitchen complete with coffee signage. So when people ask me how I take my coffee I like to respond, “Serious, I take my coffee very seriously!”
So, back in June while sipping my morning cup of coffee I was reading all about Elisabeth Elliot. It was the 1 year anniversary of her passing from this life into eternity. I was moved by the life she led and how her faith in Christ was central to who she was and what she stood for. She was an amazing example of being so hidden in Christ that all people saw when they looked at her was Jesus. “What a beautiful testimony,” I thought.
Since that morning a question began forming in my mind, “what is it that I am known for?” As I pondered this I thought about what “I want” to be known for vs. the reality of what “I might or am” known for. I began thinking of all my coffee posts on Facebook and how I definitely let it be known that I LOVE my coffee!! But do I let others know that I love my Lord?? Of course I post and share spiritual sayings. I post Bible verses too and I try hard to live out what I say I believe. But am I as passionate about Jesus as I am about my love for this hot brown water??
Sadly, (if I am honest with myself) I would have to say that I’m not at all where I want to be in regards to following Christ and being hidden in Him. To do that, there needs to be less of me and more or Him. I think Oswald Chambers says it best “Am I building up the body of Christ, or am I only concerned about my own personal development? The essential thing is my personal relationship with Jesus Christ— “…that I may know Him…” (Philippians 3:10). To fulfill God’s perfect design for me requires my total surrender— complete abandonment of myself to Him. Whenever I only want things for myself, the relationship is distorted. And I will suffer great humiliation once I come to acknowledge and understand that I have not really been concerned about realizing Jesus Christ Himself, but only concerned with knowing what He has done for me.”
It is a bit humiliating to see ourselves as we are especially when that person we see is a bit of a coffee loving snob. But I am thankful that my loving heavenly Father is in constant pursuit of me. He meets me right where I’m at. He does it so gently that all I can do is feel loved by Him. After all, He knows what He created me for and even the best roasted coffee can’t compete with WHO HE IS!! He alone is my source of strength. May we all be a little more hidden in Christ every day….. (Colossians 3:3)
“…till we all come…to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ… —Ephesians 4:13″

  1. July 15, 2016

    I love this. Very much. I heard your heart and wit and sincerity in every word. I’ll be looking forward to more of “Carrie’s Corner” in the future!

  2. July 18, 2016

    Well said my friend. Some of my favorite memories are sharing a cup of coffee with you (in Almond of course) in the morning while we ponder the truth in God’s word through devotionals, bible time, prayer and accountability through transparency with one another. Together we are the body of Christ. May the Lord continue to advance His kingdom through IDMI.

    P.S. I would still visit you in Almond even if you were out of coffee!!

  3. July 18, 2016

    Amen, sister!! From one coffee lover to another…Jesus is the Love of my life…I adore Him!!! Everything else pales greatly in comparison! May we encourage one another as we grow more intimate in our relationship with our Jesus…precious Jesus!!

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