Like many people this morning I came into work and of course one of the first things I had to do was get a cup of coffee. Of course for me, unlike others, one cup of coffee is normally all I drink. So I sat my stuff down by my desk and I saw my coffee cup sitting on my desk. As I picked up my cup I noticed that the outside of the cup was nice and clean (spotless), however the inside of the cup was dirty with yesterday’s coffee stains. Now before people think that I am gross, when I finish my morning coffee I normally just sit my coffee cup down on my desk and I do not wash it. However I do wash it the next morning before I put my new coffee in it.
As I looked at the cleanliness of my coffee cup (the outside), and then how dirty it was on the inside, I thought to myself how this sometimes reflects our lives. Many of us go around making sure that the outside of our cup looks clean. We act the right way, say the right things, we often times act like everything thing is going great, but the reality of the matter is that the inside of our coffee cup is stained with yesterday’s stuff, and it’s often times dirty.
I thought about how much work we put into making sure that everything is nice, neat and clean on the outside but we often time neglect the inside. Just like the inside of our coffee cup the inside of our lives are often time stained with sin and everyday life, yesterday’s coffee.
So as I took my coffee cup to get it refilled, I washed the inside of the cup to remove the stains and filth. Isn’t that what we should do daily with our lives? We get up every day and make sure that the outside of our lives (outside of the cup) is clean, but how often do we make sure that the inside of our lives (inside the cup) is clean.
The Psalmist David said “Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin” (Psalms 51:2 NIV)
“Scrub away my quilt, soak out my sins in your laundry”. (Psalms 51:2 Message Bible)
Just like the water cleaned out the inside of my coffee cup this morning, God can help you in cleaning the inside of your life. Let God scrub away your guilt and soak out your sins in His laundry, so that both the inside and outside of our coffee cup can be clean.