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  • Writer's pictureColby Anderson

Your Morning Coffee 03/27/2023


Good morning!


Welcome to your morning coffee! May our Heavenly Father call us up from out of our comfort and into His mission to call all to Christ. Father, for love of the whole world you sent your son. And as you sent your son, you now also, like a million shining echoes, send us. Send us, Father. Help us to conform our lives to your Son, Jesus the Christ, and not to the idol of our comfort. Help us to live obedient lives as joy-full testimonies. In the name of Jesus, by the guidance of the Spirit, show us our comforts that we might put them in their proper place. And help us to live for your name, not ours.


Your Morning Song: "Less Like Me" by Zach Williams


Your Morning Scripture: Genesis 11:1-4


Now the whole world had one language and a common speech. As people moved eastward, they found a plain in Shinar and settled there.


They said to each other, “Come, let’s make bricks and bake them thoroughly.” They used brick instead of stone, and tar for mortar. Then they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, with a tower that reaches to the heavens, so that we may make a name for ourselves; otherwise we will be scattered over the face of the whole earth.”

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Just as with Adam and Eve, so too with Noah and all of his descendants God said, "be fruitful and multiple. Fill the earth." The command was not just about the presence of humans across the earth, it was humans ruling over Creation as representatives of God Himself. We were meant to cover the whole earth with our presence representing the presence and rule and sovereignty of God.


And yet these people "settled" instead of filling. And where they settled, they did not concern themselves with God, but instead worked to "make a name" for themselves. God commanded all people to "go forth" and "fill the earth" as His representatives. And here they "settled" to "make a name" for themselves.


Is it any surprise then that at the tower of Babel He broke apart one people into many? Where they would not obey, God divinely divided and drove them apart and out into the world. Later, on the day of Pentecost, He would undo the curse of Babel and begin to make from many people, one people, the church.


What of our lives? Do we live our everyday lives for the sake of God's name, or our own? Are we God's everyday children or do we pay Him lip service on a Sunday morning and then go about living for our own name?


As shameful as it is to admit, one of the easiest ways to honestly test ourselves to see whose name we're living for is "comfort." When we are living for our own name we will seek some form of self-comfort. But if we are living for God's name, for His Will, for His purposes, desires, and designs, we will not seek comfort. We will seek Christ.


By the growing guidance of the Holy Spirit we seek to conform to Christ and not comfort. When was the last time you made a choice and winced at the discomfort, but rejoiced in God's delight that you were trying to please Him?


How many times have we settled in our own hearts, building towers to our own comfort and name? How many times have we denied ourselves, our craving for comfort, and obedient gone out to please God?


If you are brave, ask God to help you answer these questions. He will answer.


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