A Tale Of Jesus And The Keurig Platinum
That's a picture of our Keurig Coffeemaker over there. It was bought for us by our younger son Brad, and is the top-of-the-line "Platinum" model. We really like this thing, too, as it's so nice to be able to whip up a cup of whatever kind of coffee we want, without brewing a 12-cup pot and letting most of it go to waste.
But there's something "spiritual" about this thing that has been nagging at me the past few days. It's this: Brad gave us a better model than he has!
THAT got me to thinking.
Isn't that what Jesus did? Think of His life here on earth. What was His favorite food, exercise, vacation spot, brand of automobile, or recreation? The only thing He ever said that even remotely approaches saying that (that I can recall) is that His "meat" was to do His Father's will!
He lets us have .. or earn .. all those things I mentioned. Sure, we have to order our lives after what He'd have us to do, but he even promised to give us the desires of our heart so we could do that as we are, where we are.
He had to physically suffer great agony for us. We don't for him .. we're told that we're His joint heirs if we suffer with Him, but Hebrews seems to equate that with crucifying ourselves in the face of temptation. We don't have to literally hang on a cross, but He did.
He gives us a better life, here, than He had!
Of course, His willingness to make that sacrifice was what got Him the position He now has in heaven, which our personal sacrifice here isn't going to get for us. We're never going to be King of Kings and Lord of Lords, and that's what God provided for Him as a result of His life (and death) here.
The only appropriate response to that, to me, is to live for Him here. To continue the work He started. He's given us a better "life" here than He had, and it's only appropriate that He has more abundance of life, in Heaven, than we will (we may "rule with Him...", but we'll never be King of Kings and Lord of Lords).
And that's fine with me. If He's willing to share His life with us here, how much more when we're sharing His life, with Him there.
The old hymn says "Hallelujah! What a Savior!"
What a Savior, indeed!