/// I love coffee. Maybe even a little too much. It quite honestly ranks as high as water on my drink scale of life. As a kid, my mother always told me that coffee would stunt my growth. As a teenager, they said it helps grow hair on your chest. When you get to college, you use it stay awake. As a pastor, you use it for a conversation piece or spontaneous meeting.
Coffee is good. In seminary I began my fondness to coffee through the french press brewing method. I can say that it made my 4-Cup Mr. Coffee drip brew look like an old tire. It changed my perspective on how to really enjoy a cup of coffee.
…until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes. Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ…(Ephesians 4:13-15 ESV)
Saturation is the state of being soaked, impregnated or imbued thoroughly. Gospel Saturation is the state of being immersed in the good news of Jesus, soaking it into every pore of your life.
The idea of being saturated with the Gospel was the french press of my life. It moved me away from a mediocre faith to a faith that I can enjoy. A faith that does not weigh me down or rely on tradition. The Gospel changed my perspective on my life, my family, and the church.
When you combine ground coffee and hot water together to make a french press, you exchange the two elements identities to now make one thing: coffee. After a period of soaking, you separate the grounds from the water, leaving a behind a delicious cup of coffee. Before the ground coffee, the water was just water. But after the grounds sat in the water for a period of time, it began to infuse the molecules of the water to produce a new liquid.
I realized that in my life, the Gospel should hold the same process. I should become different after meeting with Jesus. Something that is not old and tired, but something that I enjoy. Saturation is a natural part of existence. We tend to get overwhelmed in ourselves, our hobbies, our families, etc. What we need is people who are overwhelmed by the Gospel; to move their affections towards Jesus, allowing Him to conduct their lives.
Make today a good cup of coffee. Let the Gospel penetrate your very life.///