You have to develop a taste for that

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ENCOUNTER:  Read Matthew 5:6-16

"Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness. . . "

A few weeks ago I was in Santa Cruz to meet a friend for coffee.  We met at this, over the top, high, coffee shop called The Verve.  I simply ordered a coffee with an add shot.  This is my normal, suburban cowboy coffee order.  Simple, yet with enough caffeine to get me through the rest of the day.  

Apparently at this establishment, a coffee with and add shot was an offensive order.  I mean, how in the world could you ruin a complex and beautiful expresso by dumping it into a coffee.  Expressos for these guys are more than an added boost of caffeine, they are tiny universes of diverse tastes and race across  your entire pallet.  

I have never thought about expressos in this manner before, but it is true.  Expressos are an acquired taste.  It takes time, money, and effort to develop a taste for it and then to distinguish between all the subtitles found between coffee beans roasted in different ways from different places all over the world.  

Anyone can stomach a coffee with plenty of milk and cream.  This sort of drink is for the masses.  But to be able to drink and enjoy an expresso and distinguish it from other expressos and actually enjoy it is an entirely different thing.  

For all things that are complex, fancy, and noble require us to develop a taste for.  The things that satisfy our flesh are easy and take no effort to enjoy.  But the things of God, His character, and the coming of His Kingdom require us to develop a taste for.  

May we not simply long for the low hanging fruit of the spiritual life.  But rather, may be put in the time, money, and effort to develop a hunger for the things of God in us and through us!

BE REFLECTIVE:

Reflecting on  this past week, what would you say are the things that consume your thoughts and prayers?  What do you hunger for?

What are the disciplines in your life so that you can have space to develop a taste for the things of God?

BE A BLESSING:

eing selfless, serving others, generosity are all attributes of the kingdom of God.  How can you put this into practice today? In your home?  Where you work?

Pick one person, and spend the rest of the day developing a hunger for them to be blessed, and then be faithful to do the things that are in your power for that person you are praying for.  

BE TOGETHER:

Most of us don't simply pick some fancy thing to be into.  We have friends we want to be with and have things in common with.  The same is true in our developing hunger for righteousness.  Who can you invite to walk with you as you develop these taste buds further?

(This devo came after a recent sermon I preached about how the Kingdom of God is something we should be longing for.  If you have some spare time, take a listen)