One thing that motivates me every morning is my first cup of coffee. This is no ordinary cuppa. This is a freshly ground, dark roast, Colombian from bean flat white, with whole milk perfectly steamed with the right amount of micro foam at exactly the right temperature, made by yours truly. And if the mood takes me, a nice bit of coffee art on top. Emma calls me a coffee snob. That’s an understatement. My flat white coffee is what pulls me through those early mornings with a 2 year old who doesn’t believe in sleep and a 6 month old who is not yet sleeping through.
What is the driving force and if you like the coffee that pulls you though to work faithfully in the field God has called you to, and even makes the hard days joyful as you bring the harvest in? For me it’s a Bible verse in revelation 21.1-8
21 Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the old heaven and the old earth had disappeared. And the sea was also gone. 2 And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven like a bride beautifully dressed for her husband.3 I heard a loud shout from the throne, saying, “Look, God’s home is now among his people! He will live with them, and they will be his people. God himself will be with them.[a] 4 He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever.”5 And the one sitting on the throne said, “Look, I am making everything new!” And then he said to me, “Write this down, for what I tell you is trustworthy and true.” 6 And he also said, “It is finished! I am the Alpha and the Omega—the Beginning and the End. To all who are thirsty I will give freely from the springs of the water of life. 7 All who are victorious will inherit all these blessings, and I will be their God, and they will be my children.8 “But cowards, unbelievers, the corrupt, murderers, the immoral, those who practice witchcraft, idol worshipers, and all liars—their fate is in the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.”
This verse sums up why helping people find Jesus as their Saviour is so important. I want people to be part of the coming Kingdom where God makes His home with us, wiping away every tear. There will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. This is in stark contrast to the other destination for those who do not turn to Jesus; an eternity of death, sorrow, crying and pain. That’s my coffee. That’s my motivation.