Mar 19 2013

Jesus Takes His Coffee Black

help others I bought Jesus a cup of coffee.

He didn’t look like the others who hurried in for their morning coffee. His dreads were matted against his face. He was dirty and desperately in need of a shave. Layers of dingy clothing clung to his thin frame.

He unnerved me. He stood much closer to me in line than is socially acceptable. I inched forward as he continued talking to himself.

I ordered my medium black coffee. Then it was his turn. He asked the man behind the counter how much a coffee costs. “A dollar sixty-eight.” “I’ll take that,” he said, his mind somewhere else.

“I’ve got his,” I offered.

I turned to him, “It’s on me.”

I paid for the coffee and the man barely noticed. His ingratitude perturbed me, and forced a heart-check as I drove to work. Who was I buying the coffee for anyway?

I bought that coffee for Jesus. The Lord reminded me,

“’Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’” –Matthew 25:40, NIV

Jesus invites me to look at all of life’s opportunities through this lens. So as I plop my cup of coffee on my desk, I open our website and read about Compassion’s crucial work to provide clean water.

Then I turn from the website to continue reading the reports that come across my desk in regard to clean water saving lives of our African beneficiaries.

We know that dirty water leads to diseases like cholera, typhoid, dysentery, and diarrhea.

During the 2012 calendar year, we funded 45 unique, water-related projects that provided clean, safe water to 71,387 children, babies and pregnant woman, and 121,086 adults in Africa alone.

I imagine the opportunities clean water offers our beneficiaries and their families.

Not only will their health improve, but they now have more time.

Instead of walking up to six or seven miles both ways to get water, the village women may now spend their time and energy in small business opportunities or other household chores.

Instead of consuming expensive firewood to boil water, they can drink the safe water straight out of the filter.

For such a small amount of money, we get to be Jesus to those around us. We get to offer a warm cup of coffee on a cold day. We get to offer a clean cup of water and lifesaving interventions that make a world of difference to our beneficiaries.

No matter if we are giving on His behalf for someone in our own neighborhood or across the world: He chooses us to demonstrate His love to those around us!


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  1. Mar 19, 2013
    at 4:22 pm

    Brilliant Katy! I love your perspective on life giving water and coffee.

    I find the most challenging part of this story is “Jesus’” apparent ingratitude for the coffee. We often give to get, whether we admit it or not. To get that thrill of helping those “less fortunate” than ourselves. To get a thank you. To be able to pat ourselves on the back and feel like a “good person”.

    If there was no gratitude shown for our generosity and good works – ever – would we give as much as we do now? It’s something worth pondering…

    And I’m pleased to hear we now know how Jesus takes his coffee ;)

    • Katy
      Mar 20, 2013
      at 11:25 am

      Hi Gail,

      Yes! That was what the Lord challenged me the most in… the reasoning behind why we do what we do. Grateful that He has mercy on us as we learn! :)

  2. Mar 20, 2013
    at 7:09 pm

    Cool post. It’s not about what accolades we receive if we are doing something for someone in Jesus’ name. Thanks for the reminder to serve others with a pure heart.

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