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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Write an INSPIRATIONAL or DEVOTIONAL piece (04/26/07)

TITLE: The Price of Great Cofee
By Nathan Perkins
04/26/07


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The other day a good friend of mine bought me a coffee. This friend knew that I would need it for the day that was ahead of me. I was going to be chaperooning a late night teen event. Whether I would sleep or not was in question.

The coffee was chic. In fact, I don't know if I have ever bought myself a coffee that was nearly as fancy as this coffee. One sip was all that it took to convince me that this was the best coffee I have ever had.

Two days later I thought about the coffee. A week later I thought about the coffee and called my friend to ask her where she got it. A few days after that, I went in search of the best coffee that I’ve ever had.

When I got to the coffee store I discovered that I really didn't know much about coffee. There weren’t all the typical cappuccino flavors that you get in the gas station, where I would have typically bought my coffee. Instead there were lattés and espressos and doubles and others that I don't remember. So, I stood at the counter and wondered which kind my friend had gotten me the other day.

Well, I ended up guessing wrong. The coffee that I chose was bitter and harsh not smooth like the best coffee I ever had. So, I called my friend again and they could not remember what it was that they had gotten for me. But this good friend gave me some ideas of what to try. I really don't get out much. Finally I found the coffee. And I really enjoyed it. It was really quite a bit more expensive but I could hardly keep myself from making that coffee into a habit.

You have to be careful what you try. Some things will hook you and cause you to change your perspective and even your lifestyle. Ask the merchant in Jesus' story about the pearl of great price.

This guy knew what he was looking for. He was hoping to find something of greater worth then anything he had ever possessed. He would dedicate his life to the task.

One day while looking for treasures he happened upon a pearl of great worth. He buried it where he found it and then went home to sell everything that he had to come up with the money that he needed to buy that field.

He saw the pearl and recognized its worth. His life, his life savings, his efforts and passions were all pawn for the pearl. Poetic huh?

Have you had a taste of God’s kingdom and His righteousness? They are the true pearl of great worth.

According to statistics; most Christians have been drinking the cheap coffee faith. We are satisfied with Sunday capacheno machine variety. We drink .99 cent, 20 ounce faith and it does the job. “Why change?” We say, “I have had French Vanilla Christianity for many years now. I don't know of anything better. I really don't think about it.”

In Jesus we have a really good friend who wants us to have the best and he even went out and paid the price for it. A price much steeper then we would have paid. The generous gesture leads us to take a taste and it is good. The drink is abundant life and the cost was death.

You have to be careful what you try. Some things will hook you and cause you to change your perspective and even your lifestyle. The apostle Paul had a taste of the abundant life and it was the thing that led him to write these words:
"I carry around in my body the death of Jesus so that the life of Jesus might also be revealed in by mortal body. We are constantly being given over to death for your sake. Therefore death is at work in us but now life is at work in you."

Paul showed in his life and states in his words that he has found this pearl of great price and that it is worth living and dieing for.

The question that all of these thoughts are meant to pose is this "have you tasted the abundant life and are you willing to pay the price?"


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Jennifer Wetter05/03/07
Coffee and Christianity, it certainly adds a new flavor to faith.
Jan Ackerson 05/06/07
I was drawn to this by the title (despite the "oops" spelling)--I'm a coffee lover! Love the illustration of the search for that illusive perfect coffee.

Watch your spelling: there were a few errors here and there, easily fixed.

This is a good example of how to put together a good devotional: personal illustration, application, tie it all together.