Transformed by Truth:
What Coffee Can Teach Us About God

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 3 July 2024
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Rev. Dr. Dean Courtier
dean.courtier@estuaryelim.co.uk

Transformed by Truth:
What Coffee Can Teach Us About God

Today, we're going to explore an everyday item that many of us cherish - coffee. You might be wondering how something as simple as coffee can teach us about God. But as we delve into this, we'll see how God's truths can be found in the most ordinary of things. So let's brew up some insights and see what the Lord has for us today.

1 Corinthians 10:31 (NLT): "So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God."

The Process of Transformation
Romans 12:2 (NLT): "Don't copy the behaviour and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God's will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect."

Paul writes to the Romans about the importance of transformation. This transformation is not merely external but starts from within, changing our minds and hearts.

The Greek word for "transform" here is "metamorphoo," which is where we get the term "metamorphosis." Just as coffee beans undergo a significant transformation - from raw, green beans to roasted, aromatic coffee - so too must we undergo a spiritual transformation. God takes us from our raw, sinful state and refines us through His grace and the renewing of our minds.

Consider the journey of a coffee bean. It starts as a small, green bean, seemingly insignificant and unremarkable. But through the process of roasting, it is transformed into something rich and flavourful. Similarly, God takes us through various processes in life, refining us and bringing out the best in us.

Rick Warren once said, "God is more interested in your character than your comfort." Just as coffee beans are refined through heat, we are refined through life's challenges to develop a Christ-like character.

The Importance of Patience
James 1:4 (NLT): "So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing."

James emphasizes the value of patience and endurance in the Christian life. These qualities are essential for our spiritual growth and maturity.

The Greek word for endurance, "hypomone," implies steadfastness and perseverance. Just as brewing a good cup of coffee requires time and patience, so does our spiritual growth. We cannot rush the process. God works in His own timing, and we must trust His process.

Think about making a cup of coffee. If you rush the process, you end up with a weak, unsatisfying drink. But if you allow the coffee to brew properly, you get a rich, robust cup. In the same way, if we rush God's work in our lives, we miss out on the richness of His blessings and the depth of character He wants to develop in us.

Eugene Peterson describes discipleship as "a long obedience in the same direction." This echoes the need for patience and steady faithfulness in our walk with God.

The Aroma of Christ
2 Corinthians 2:15 (NLT): "Our lives are a Christ-like fragrance rising up to God. But this fragrance is perceived differently by those who are being saved and by those who are perishing."

Paul describes believers as the fragrance of Christ, impacting those around them in various ways. This metaphor highlights the influence of a transformed life.

The Greek word for fragrance, "euodia," suggests a pleasing aroma. Just as the aroma of coffee can fill a room and lift spirits, our lives should reflect the aroma of Christ, bringing hope and encouragement to others. We are called to live in such a way that others can sense the presence of God through us.

Imagine walking into a room filled with the smell of freshly brewed coffee. It's inviting and comforting. In the same way, our lives should emanate the love, grace, and peace of Christ, drawing others to Him.

Max Lucado once said, "God never said that the journey would be easy, but He did say that the arrival would be worthwhile." Our journey with Christ, much like the journey of a coffee bean, may have its challenges, but the outcome is a life that glorifies God and blesses others.

Conclusion and Call to Action
In conclusion, let us remember that like coffee, we are being transformed by God, and this process requires patience. As we grow in faith, let our lives be a fragrant offering to God, influencing those around us.

This week, as you enjoy your morning coffee, take a moment to reflect on how God is working in your life. Thank Him for the transformation He is bringing about, and ask Him to help you be patient in the process. Let your life be an aroma that points others to Christ.