I admit it. I drink too much coffee.
Now, I might justify it a bit by stating that I don’t navigate into the exotic side of caffeine. No mocha lattes, no cappuccinos, and heaven forbid I ever partake of something called “iced coffee.” To me, that’s an oxymoron.
But nevertheless, way too much (even with the occasional decaf).
So, as you might imagine – I have assembled a decent collection of coffee mugs. Gifts from family and co-workers, trips to the beach and other places, etc…
I find that most of the mugs I have are either black (or very dark navy) or white. Anyone who drinks coffee day in and day out knows that the white cups quickly become enstained (I just made that word up) with coffee [or tea – I sometimes switch to tea later in the day] residue. Especially if:
- the daily washing of the cup is a quick 2-second rinse of water [“after all, next time I pour coffee in it, the hot water will kill any germs”]
- the half-empty/half-full cup of coffee sits overnight on your desk and you get a nice ring in the middle of the mug
- You go on vacation for 1-2 weeks and come back to a science project in your coffee mug [yuck]
I have no doubt been guilty of all of the above at one time or another, but at least I try to wash my cups with detergent, and keep the white cups as clean as possible.
Interesting enough, the dark cups are a different story. With a black or dark blue interior, you can’t see the coffee residue! Works well! In fact, for practical reasons, I think all coffee mugs should be dark on the inside.
But that’s the rub…or lack thereof [lack of rubbing out the stains lol]. Forgive the bad pun.
I’m serious from here to the end, which you will be glad to know is soon. Sin ~ especially “secret sins” [actually no such thing – see Hebrews 4:13], are like those hidden coffee stains in the black mug. They are not visible to the human eye, but are there just the same – and God sees them with vivid clarity. Chew on that for a while.
In the case of the mug, unless the coffee is cleaned thoroughly – the stain will persist. Just as it is with us and sin. Unless we are cleaned, thorough forgiveness of our sins made possible by the blood of Jesus, we can look very Christian on the outside but rotten where it counts.
Woe to you…you are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of the bones of the dead and everything unclean. [Mat 23:27]