coffeeAre you a coffee drinker? I used to be a daily coffee drinker. Every morning I would brew a pot of coffee and one to two cups later, I was ready to face my day. That was until my girlfriend, Teddee, knocked on my door one day. When I opened it she handed me a Chai Latte. She swore it was heaven in a cup and it was pretty darn close. Gradually, I shifted from drinking coffee to drinking hot tea.

Every now and then I do crave a good cup of coffee. This morning we decided to take a long walk to the local breakfast place to grab a cup of coffee and then walk back on the beach. She asked how we took our coffee and brought it out with the cream already in it. Well, I had to inform her that I really take a little coffee with my cream rather than the other way around. After we had doctored our cups with what she offered, we were off.

Three steps out the door I took a sip of coffee, or so I thought. What I drank tasted like nothing more than colored water. It had no flavor, no substance to it. It wasn’t coffee. It looked like coffee… smelled like coffee, but once I put it to the test, I realized it wasn’t.

On the walk back, as I poured my coffee out and threw the cup in the nearest trash can. I realized if we aren’t careful, our faith can be like that cup of coffee. It can look like we are fully surrendered to Jesus when in fact, we’re a cheap imitation.

Deuteronomy 6:5 says,

Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.”

How many of us do that day in and day out? Or do we fall short at times. I know I’m guilty. There are some days my time with the Lord is rushed or I’m distracted instead of giving Him my full devotion, which is so deserves.

Life is hard and we will all face trials. Jesus told us to expect them, but He won’t leave us hanging and He won’t allow us to go through things that don’t have a greater purpose [1 Peter 1:6-7]. In the midst of a trial is when you reap the benefit of a deep, daily walk with the Lord. Because you’ve taken the time to build a strong relationship with Him, you know He will carry you through. It is because of your investment you can experience His peace in the midst of chaos [John 14:27, Philippians 4:7].

Is your faith weak? Does it look pretty on the outside, but lack substance? The good news is no matter where you stand today in your faith walk, you can change it. He is ready, able and willing to take you deeper [Jeremiah 33:3].

Psalm 34:8 says,

Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him.

How strong is your faith. Make sure it’s freshly brewed.