Coffee Naps and Faithfulness

Coffee Naps and Faithfulness

Have you ever heard of a “coffee nap”? If you haven’t, you will soon! It’s the new thing. All the cool kids are doing it.

While I won’t go into all of the details (you can learn more at the link at the bottom of the page), I’ll sum it up as this. Studies show that consuming a substantial amount of caffeine and then immediately taking a twenty minute nap enhances your alertness and energy levels much more than just a nap or a cup of coffee alone.

As I was listening to yet another podcast that mentioned this new productivity fad, I realized something. Even our rest has become performance driven. We have gotten to a point in our lives where we are so focused on producing more and performing better, we have started venturing into how to rest less by resting better. Initially that sounds great! We could all use another hour in the day. Except, there is one problem. I think one of the most dangerous things we can do in our lives and in our walks with Jesus is sacrifice good rest. I don’t just mean sleep. I mean rest.

When life is busy, and we love to be busy, the first thing to go is rest. Time spent enjoying Jesus, family, friends, neighbors, and sleep is so easily sacrificed on the altar of business. We believe God is somehow more glorified by our exhaustion than our delight. Yes, we labor, but is it for His Kingdom or ours? I would venture to say most of our fatigue is a result of putting in too many hours working on things that Jesus never asked us to pursue.

So yes, that fourth cup of coffee helped you temporarily overcome your body’s limitations as you continue to push forward, but in the process, you also were so consumed with your work, that you forgot to invite Jesus to be a part of it. An absurd amount of caffeine is the drug of choice in the church. It is our savior we worship in the morning and the thing that sustains us through the night. The scariest part of it all is that our community encourages it! Unfortunately for my generation, to love Jesus, is to also love coffee.

Now before you label me a hater, know that I enjoy a good cup of coffee every morning, and sometimes rely on it too much in the afternoon. I am not here to say that caffeine is the problem. That’s too shallow. Our lack of truly understanding faithfulness is what has brought us here.

All Jesus asks of His church is to be faithful, nothing more and nothing less. Like the parable of the talents in Matthew 25 (v. 14-30) He simply wants us to do the best we can with the opportunities and callings He has given us. He is not harsh in His demands. Grace has freed us from constantly having to do more.

Our problem is, we hear Jesus’ call to be faithful and we confuse it with a call to always be busy. Just because you are working, doesn’t mean you are bringing glory to God. Just because you are tired, doesn’t mean God is more or less proud. In fact, the area I’d say we neglect glorifying God the most, is in our rest. Why? Because we have become duped into believing the lie that sacrificing sleep means we are sacrificing for God. But here is good news...more than your sacrifice, Jesus simply wants you.

Psalm 51:7 You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it; you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings. My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart you, God, will not despise.

So today, figure out the things that God really wants you to do, and then do them with Him! And after you do it, take some time to enjoy a nap or go to bed early. Enjoy a few minutes extra in His word or with your family. Delight in His blessings and choose to relax. Why? Because Jesus has called us to a life with a burden that is easy and light. A life with Him on the throne, not our business.

And if you decide to enjoy a cup of coffee on top of all of this, do it! But do it because you want to, not because you have to in order to get through yet another restless day.  Jesus has freed us to rest and work. Will you enjoy both?

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