God’s Word for Today: Cup
Matthew 23:25 “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence.
Question of the Day: Do dirty cups accumulate at an equal to, or greater rate, than say socks disappear in a dryer? This singular circumstance has been a minor irritation in my life for decades. I really don’t know where all the dirty cups come from.
Let’s say you have a family of 5. That used to be the norm. In reality, the average in USA is 2.54 people per family. Just over half of my scenario. But in Paraguay, the average is 4.7, so we will stick with that. You just washed the dishes after lunch. The kitchen counter is clear. Life is good. The TV shows in the evening were entertaining and captivating. Any dirty cups generated during night hours were left to the next day. You get up in the morning, trudge out to the kitchen for your daily coffee ritual, and WHAM. Like a magic trick, or a complete lack of scientific theorems, there are 17 dirty cups. How did this happen? That is 3.6 dirty cups per family member. I know I didn’t dirty all those cups. It has to be someone else. I must find the guilty party.
Personally, I believe cups are afraid of the dark. You wash and polish them up all nice and shiny and pretty. Then, you tuck them away in your designated cup area of the closest available cupboard and you shut the door. It is dark. It is quiet. Cups don’t like it. They want to be sitting on your kitchen counter with the drying remnants of last night’s beverage sitting in the bottom. Some cups have become daily escape artists from the dark cupboard. I might have to buy a padlock.
Today’s Scripture quotes Jesus in a rather perturbed mood. He is calling the Teachers and Scripture readers/analyzers of the day, out on the carpet. Jesus doesn’t hold back any punches (yesterday’s message). He tells it like it is. Good stuff right there.
So, all these so called “experts” aren’t quite the God perfect people they claim to be. They look good on the outside, but have a few issues internally. Who do you know that gives the appearance of having their act together and telling others what they should do with theirs, but yet, have a pretty decent ring of leftover whatever, in the bottom of their cup?
I suppose dirty cups bother me because of the difficulty in getting them clean. Hands too big, individual fingers just not quite long enough, wash rag bounces away from the dirty edges. QVC perfect cup washer disappeared. I must seek an available utensil that will guide the wash rag in the bottom of the cup. Oh, the struggles of cup washing. No clean cups in the cupboard. Who did that?
Today, know that each of us are the same way. We don’t have to go looking for other people’s dirty cups. We have a few of our own. Easy to clean up on the outside, a difficult task on the inside. If unheeded, the number of dirty cups in our lives can grow to an unrealistic number. Or, we might have that one cup, our favorite cup, that we use all the time and never seems to get clean. You might have tried 100 different ways, and none work. Then know, you will never get your cup clean by yourself. Never. God, thru the voice of Christ Jesus is your only solution. He takes care of it all…………………
Prayer: Dear Lord, you made me. Thank you for blessing me with some pretty amazing cups. Forgive me for the ones I seem to continually not get free from the residue of the earthly life. Today I ask you God, to lend me a hand. Help me to clean up all my dirty cups. Then and only then, can I lay my life before others to serve. In Jesus’, who asks us all to drink from his cup, name I pray. Amen and amen.