I am not a major coffee drinker.
Yes, I drink a cup or two in the mornings while I sit with the other old men at the local country store. And I will occasionally drink a cup at night if my wife makes a desert for supper. But I have never developed an intense craving for the drink, or an addiction to the caffeine.
Since I do not crave either the taste or the “kick”, I like my coffee weak. Most restaurant blends are far too strong for me. When making a pot at home, I will generally put 2 ½ tablespoons of mid-roast grains in the filter for a 10-cup carafe. I like to see the bottom of my cup through the amber liquid. For most people, this doesn’t make sense. And for true coffee drinkers, this is crazy. In their minds, I would be just as well-off drinking plain hot water.
And I suppose they are correct. But I like what I like. I have tried to develop a taste for a stronger blend and steeping, but the enjoyment is just not there.
Spiritually, we often approach the truth of the Word with the same attitude as we use in brewing our coffee. Some like a strong, straightforward, dark truth. The kind that says everything in their lives is wrong, unless the Bible specifically says it is right. They like to hear a version of the truth that challenges them to change and adapt every part of their lives to fit the teachings. Others like a weak, vague, light truth. The kind that says everything is in their lives is right unless the Bible specifically says it is wrong. They like a truth that invites, “Come as you are, and stay as you are. No change is needed.”
But God did not design the truths of the Bible so that we can adapt them to our individual tastes. God does not desire that we apply his teachings more strongly than he intended, but neither does he desire that we water down his teachings. God does not want us to pessimistically view everything in life as being wrong, where every minute of every day must be seen as a struggle to change the entire world; but neither does he want us to view everything as being right, where anything that pleases us, pleases him.
God did not design the truths of the Bible so that we can adapt them to our individual tastes. Rather he expects us to adapt our individual tastes to his truths.
That’s called faith. That’s called repentance. That’s called conversion.
“Repent therefore, and turn back, that your sins may be blotted out” (Acts 3:19) ESV
“We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love that you have for all the saints, because of the hope laid up for you in heaven. Of this you have heard before in the word of truth, the gospel, which has come to you, as indeed in the whole world it is bearing fruit and increasing – as it also does among you, since the day you heard it and understood the grace of God in truth.” (Colossians 1:3-6) ESV
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