A Parker Parable: Life is like a glass of ice tea!

Devotional Thought of the Day:
31  What I’m trying to do here is to get you to relax, to not be so preoccupied with getting, so you can respond to God’s giving. 32  People who don’t know God and the way he works fuss over these things, but you know both God and how he works. 33  Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don’t worry about missing out. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met. 34  “Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes. Matthew 6:31-34 (MSG)

797    You know that your way is not clear, and that by not following Jesus closely you remain with that clouded vision. Then, what are you waiting for to make up your mind?

Until a year ago, I was an avid tea drinker, and I would make ice tea by the gallon and drink it over the day.  Earl Grey white was my favorite, and I would take my fancy tea maker and steep the tea, then drain it off and add ice.

in Peterson’s translation, he uses the same illustration for life, that we should steep out life in God,.  We should let our lives be infused with His view of reality (that we are forgiven and adopted in Christ Jesus) We should soak our lives in the work of God, redeeming and sanctifying us, and depending on Him to provide all we need. 

We need to do this, to soak in the love and mercy of God, to let it change and flavor our very lives.  Tea is no longer simply water, no longer simply a bunch of dried and cured leaves, it is a new liquid.  The same for us, infused with the Holy Spirit, we are a new creation. We are one with Him. 

The challenge is letting other things in the process.  the things that cause anxieties, heartaches, the resentment stored up, the sin hidden and harbored, These cloud our life, and seem to affect our relationship with Jesus, they blind us to His reality, to what He provides in our lives.   

The challenge is, cleaning out all the other stuff, of learning to give all our attention to God, seeking Him and His reality, His kingdom. We need to depend on God to bring us to that point in life, to that point in our ministry.

My special tea-maker had a drain that filtered out all the leaves and the junk left over from the seeping.  The micro-filter screens eliminated all but the liquid, allowing for the purest cup of tea.  We need to let God do that with us, filtering out the sin and desires, the anxieties and resentments.  We have ot let Him do it so that all that is left is the relationship we have with God, in Christ.

Then our vision and our mission will be clear, and it will motivate and empower us more than any beverage ever could!  For we will not only know with our minds God is with us, we will experience it and be refreshed by it!

Lord help us this day realize how much You infuse our lives.  Help us to trust You and let You filter out of our lives everything that pollutes, everything that clouds our vision of You!  We thank You and Praise You!  Amen!

Escriva, Josemaria. The Way (Kindle Locations 1837-1839). Scepter Publishers. Kindle Edition.

About justifiedandsinner

I am a pastor of a Concordia Lutheran Church in Cerritos, California, where we rejoice in God's saving us from our sin, and the unrighteousness of the world. It is all about His work, the gift of salvation given to all who trust in Jesus Christ, and what He has done that is revealed in Scripture. God deserves all the glory, honor and praise, for He has rescued and redeemed His people.

Posted on July 23, 2018, in Devotions, Poiema, st josemaria escriva, The Way and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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