Coffee-Shop Devotion

I love coffee. If you think about it, coffee can be quite the loyal companion, it wakes you up in the morning, stays with you through the late-night study sessions, holds close friends together through a medium which can be used for deep conversations or lighthearted banter, and um…it tastes great! Let’s face it, coffee is a fundamental aspect of the American culture. But even more noticeably it’s a larger part of the Christian culture within the United States.

Walk into any coffee-shop in Manhattan, KS (where I currently reside), in Olathe, KS (my hometown), or anywhere else (where you live), and I can almost GUARANTEE you that there will be at least 1-2 individuals in there with their Bible cracked open or casually reading one of John Piper’s latest books. That’s great! I love that people have a hunger for the Word of God, are active in fellowship with one another, and are seeking to think more deeply on topics of theology that can be daunting without the assist of a great book, etc.

But here’s something to consider…Do you and I love coffee(shops) more than we love the individuals around us? Is it possible that we love coffee more than Jesus?

Now, at first glance, that just sounds utterly ridiculous, right? I feel slightly foolish suggesting such a thing as a plausible concept. But humor me for just a moment and continue reading for the sake of me developing my argument a bit more. There are many people that I know who can be found inside a coffee-shop on a daily basis, or at least several times a week. It’s literally a religious practice to them; much like a devout Catholic attends mass and visits the church many times a week. On top of the amount of time we spend inside the church/cathedral, we’re also spending quite possibly 10% or MORE of our income on this luxury a week, much like a tithe. See where I’m going with this?

What if coffee-shops and coffee in general have become a greater devotion for us than our relationships with Christ? The reality is that our spirits are thirsty, but not for coffee, they’re thirsty for the living waters that only the Holy Spirit is capable of providing us with.

Am I against coffee-shops? Absolutely not. In fact, I’m one of those individuals you’ll likely run into at Starbucks and other venues. Here’s my point, I don’t want anything to begin taking precedence over my relationship with Christ, or to be hindering my ability to reach out to and serve others within my community. So if cutting back on coffee is what it takes to lead just one more person into the Kingdom of God, I want to do it. I simply invite you to evaluate your heart alongside me and to live righteously at all costs.

Finally, I leave you with this thought I had earlier, which I will be seeking to apply to my daily life: “Attempting to justify oneself is simply an excuse for not living above reproach in the first place. So let’s live like Christ, man up, and attempt to pursue holiness with every fiber of our being.”

5 thoughts on “Coffee-Shop Devotion

  1. This is a very spiritual sounding post in a tone that certainly seems to resonate with the trend among our younger culture to be radical for Jesus. Forsake coffee! Love Jesus! It sounds radical. It sounds good. But what is your basis for your argument? Other than the amount of money spent on coffee, you really didn’t offer any reasons why you believe some people love coffee more than Jesus. You simply walked into a coffee shop, looked around, and made an unfounded blanket generalization in an attempt to sound
    spiritual and relevant.

    I’m all for forsaking worldliness. The cross demands it (Luke 9:23). But to assume that because someone is drinking coffee while spending time in the Word that they are living for the world is naive.

    I often head to a coffee shop to s

    1. I often head to a coffee shop to spend time with Him away from the distractions of roommates, etc. But then again, I just got done spending some time with the Father without coffee, so maybe I was going about that quiet time all wrong!

      Keep seeking Him bro, but I would encourage you to ask whether there is a genuine basis for an argument (and in this case there could be, but you didn’t present it) before posting in an attempt to simply sound radical.

      1. I appreciate your feedback. My goal is not to “sound radical” or “spiritual” for that matter. Neither of those things matter; all that matters is that our hearts are in the right place and that we are seeking to become more like Christ daily as we claim to be followers of Him. As our hearts and minds become renewed, they will translate into most Christ-like lifestyles (one would hope, anyways). Really, you could relate the concept of coffee potentially being greater than God to anything. Are we putting food above God? Is entertainment receiving more of our time and energy than serving the Lord and carrying out His purpose here on earth? These are all questions that I believe need to be asked and assessed on a heart-level.

        I believe I see where you’re coming from. And your critique is truly appreciated. I’ll be sure to develop a more sound argument in the future. For the sake of keeping things short and my audience’s attention, I think I chose to go with a shorter post this time. Really, my overall goal was simply to turn eyes to Christ and cause people to think more deeply about the everyday decisions that we often make without giving them much thought otherwise. Hopefully this ends up being a blessing to someone…

  2. The coffee culture is overwhelming these days. I can see where you got this thought, Justin. And in reality, it can be applied to anything, not just coffee. Food, money, fashion, cars, relationships, volunteering, career…anything can become greater than Christ in the lives of believers if we do not keep up our guard.
    I guess I’d agree to making a sound argument as HG suggested, but personally, this post worked perfectly for my little brain 🙂 Short, simple, and to the point. Expanding on it would certainly be beneficial for reaching out to those who don’t necessarily speak “Christian-ese.” Otherwise, I enjoyed your musings. Thanks for sharing.

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