I made coffee on my desk this morning. “So what?” you may ask. No, no, no. You misunderstand. I made coffee ON my desk this morning. On the desk, and all over the desk, running off the edges of the desk, down the front, thoroughly soaking the carpet. In my morning stupor, I mindlessly performed all the habitual tasks I do every morning when I arrive at the office. Dump the used filter and coffee grounds from the previous day, drop a new filter in the basket, six scoops of coffee, fill the back-end with water, shut the lid, and hit the power button.
A short time later, as I worked through the tedious tasks on my task list, I heard the distinct sound of little spashes behind me as the coffee filled and overflowed the basket, since there was no pot underneath to allow the water to flow out the basket’s bottom. This morning ritual has been performed flawlessly for years, so much so that I perform it as though on auto-pilot. But this morning’s robotic coffee making task included the fatal flaw of not putting the pot under the basket. As I soaked up the liquid from my desktop and brushed the soggy coffee grounds into the wastebasket, I pondered how easy it is to put our walk with Christ on auto-pilot, mindlessly engaging each day as it rolls toward us.
When asked what the greatest commandment is, Jesus responded that the greatest commandment is to love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. Loving God with my mind is an intensely active exercise. The Bereans in Acts 17 were commended because while receiving the Word of God eagerly, they also searched the Scriptures daily to confirm the truth of the things they were being told. Far from passive acceptance, the Bereans actively engaged their faith through a thorough search of the Word of God.
If your faith auto-pilot is engaged, turn that beast off and actively pursue God with your mind. You’ll never fully wrap your mind around God, but the pursuit, and the attempt to do so can be powerfully rewarding!
Victoriously in Christ!