WEEKLY CHRISTIAN BIBLE STUDY AND DEVOTIONAL FROM GOD’S WORD, FOR THE NEWLY SAVED AND MORE SEASONED BELIEVER, AND FOR OTHERS SEEKING TRUTH. OUR PRAYER IS TO ENCOURAGE YOU AND STRENGTHEN YOUR FAITH IN GOD’S INFINITE MERCY, LOVE AND GRACE, AND IN THE GOSPEL OF THE DEATH, BURIAL AND RESURRECTION OF HIS SON JESUS CHRIST, THAT ALL WHO SEEK HIM HAVE ETERNAL, ABUNDANT LIFE.
Saturday, June 23, 2018
Tea for Two or Three or More
Photo by Kat Sommers 2010
As we saw last time, how tea is blended and brewed has many
parallels to the Christian life. Whether hot or iced, tea needs to be immersed
in hot or boiling water for just the right amount of time and steeped at the
perfect temperature so that it brews to perfection, for our optimal enjoyment.
Paradoxically, tea can warm or cool us, and it can revive
or relax us. A hearty cup of hot black tea containing caffeine and
health-enhancing nutrients can give us our second wind when our bodies are
tired and our spirits sag, whether at breakfast or in the afternoon, as is the
God Himself has promised to revive our spirit and our heart
(Psalm 85:6; 138:7), to
empower us (2 Corinthians 12:9),
and to give us all we need to carry out the mission He has appointed for us (Philippians 4:19). We should seek
Him first thing in the morning (Proverbs
8:17; Isaiah 26:9), and throughout the day as we need an added
boost (1 Chronicles 16:11),
for only He can satisfy our thirst.
63:1 O God, thou art my
God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for
thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is.
When we are worried and tense, tea can relax us, particularly herbal teas such as chamomile, passionflower, lemon balm, and lavender, and these are especially suited for relaxing after work or before bedtime. But it is only God Who gives us the peace that passes all understanding (Philippians
4:7), for He is the God of all comfort, as well as of love and peace (2 Corinthians 13:11).
Should we not also speak with God when we need to unwind
after a stressful day or before we drift off to sleep? He calms our troubled heart
when we turn to Him asking forgiveness (Psalm
51:10), in sorrow and repentance for our sins, and in the humility (Isaiah 57:15) of realizing that
without Him, we can do nothing (John
15:5). But with Him, all things are possible! (Matthew 19:26).
Many tea lovers drink their beloved beverage daily, finding
sustenance, energy and comfort there. Similarly, we should seek God daily (Psalm 61:8; 68:19), and
not just in times of trouble, and He will reward us with strength (Isaiah 40:31), patience (James 1:2-8), peace (Isaiah 26:3; Philippians 4:6-7; 2 Corinthians 13:11) and joy (Nehemiah 8:10; Psalm 27:6;
Offering another person a cup of tea, or even water (Mark 9:41) is a comforting
gesture of kindness and hospitality, reflecting the love of Christ, and He has
promised to reward us for it.
Mark 9:41 For whosoever shall give you a cup of
water to drink in my name, because ye belong to Christ, verily I say unto you,
he shall not lose his reward.
Sharing tea brings to mind images of a grandmother inviting
her sick grandchild to snuggle under a warm blanket in her rocking chair while
sipping tea, or a family allowing a stranger to come in out of the storm and
warm himself by the fire as a cup of hot tea takes the chill off his bones. It
reminds me that God comforts us in our sorrow and trials by showing us His
tender mercies, so that we can comfort others who are suffering (2 Corinthians 1:3)
Sharing tea is a special blessing when we take the time to
enjoy the ceremony of serving and drinking tea from fine china, with all the
accompaniments, in the presence of friends and brothers and sisters in Christ.
It brings to mind the sweet sacrament of dining together at the Lord’s table
and remembering His body, broken for us, and His blood, shed for us, until He
comes again (1 Corinthians 11:23-26).
At tea time or any meal or meeting, Jesus has promised us
that where two or three are gathered in His Name, that He is in the midst of
them and will answer any prayer request on which we agree(Matthew
18:19-20). What a blessing to know that Jesus Himself is with us today
through His Holy Spirit!
High tea is a special treat, filled with beautifully
prepared delicacies served on fine china. But even if we drink tea or break
bread in more humble settings, the love shared is far more important than the
quality or quantity of food (Proverbs
The apostle Paul told us to pray without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:17), not
necessarily verbally, but by offering our lives as a living prayer. One way we
can do this through the Spirit is by being mindful of and thankful for God’s blessing and direction in all that we do (Colossians
3:23), even something as simple as drinking tea.
Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of
So let’s enjoy our tea as a time of sweet Christian
fellowship, and use the occasion to pause to remember and thank God for His