In studying John 15:9 this morning, I began to think about the word
abide. Abide means to dwell, remain, continue, adhere to, maintain, to continue permanently on in the same state. As I was enjoying a cup of tea as well, I thought how much our lives as Christians are like tea infusers. Every day I am filled fresh and new with the most fragrant, sweet tasting Word of God and placed into the cup of my daily life waiting for the hot water of life to flood over me, the daily tasks of my life - pouring through me and engulfing me with its demands for attention. Did I fill myself with God's leaves today or am I empty? Do I allow the water to mix with the tea, releasing the sweetness of God's word, the kindness of Jesus bringing warmth and gooness into those who are in my cup for the day? Is there anything to give besides hot water? Is the tea sweet, is it hot enough, does it bring health and growth to those who drink it? Am I infusing today's leaves with patience and love or am I just a cold, bitter cup of water others are forced to deal with? At the end of the day, when my cup is empty - I go to the Lord and ask Him to wash out the leaves, the staleness, the sin; clean my cup and allow me to rest before being filled again tomorrow with His leaves and waiting for His infusion of love to give me wisdom and strength to serve my cup of tea.