Let Me Be Frank… 9-11-19

There is a story of a young woman having a heart-to-heart with her mother.  “Life is so hard and I don’t know how I’m going to make it.  I’m tired of fighting.  I want to give up.”
Her mother took her into the kitchen where there were three pots of water.  The first pot held carrots, the second – eggs, and the third contained ground coffee beans.  This was going to be a VERY interesting meal.
After 20 minutes she fished the carrots, pulled the eggs out, and ladled the coffee into a mug.  But instead of saying, “Dinner is served” she asked a question.  “What do you see?”  Upon further inspection by the young woman she saw that the carrots were soft and mushy, she tried to break the egg but the inside was hard, and then she took a sip of the coffee and all her problems drifted away…
Just kidding.  It just tasted like coffee.
Each of these objects went into the same adversity.  The carrot was strong and unrelenting, but it became weak.  The egg was fragile.  Only a thin layer of shell protected the interior, but it had hardened.  But after the ground coffee beans were in the boiling water, they had changed the water.
So, who are we in this story?
Are we like the carrot?  Strong on the inside, but add a little heat and we lose that strength?
Are we like the egg?  We started with a malleable heart, but life (a break-up, death of a loved one, financial hardship, & the list goes on and on) has hardened us?
Or are we coffee?  The bean actually changes the hot water – the very circumstance that brought the adversity, the pain, the struggles – into something wonderful!
If we’re like coffee then we are not changed by our surroundings – we change the atmosphere…  But we can’t do it alone.  Let me say that again.  We can’t do it alone.
In John 18:36, Jesus says that His Kingdom is, “not of this world.” 
He also commissioned the disciples (and is speaking to us) when He says in Matthew 28:19-20.  “Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.  For lo, I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
As Christians we’re not of this world, but we are sent into it.  And our lives should not be changed by the culture that we immerse ourselves in.  Rather, we should change culture!
Be coffee – don’t let your heart become hardened!”
Be coffee – when adversity comes, remember He is with you!
How do you handle the boiling waters of life?  Be coffee and change the atmosphere!
We are Central… and we’re in this TOGETHER!