Folks who live outside the Deep South don’t understand Sweet Tea. If you go to most restaurants or truck stops north of the Tennessee line and ask if they have Sweet Tea, they’ll say, “Sure, sugar’s on the table.” (That means, “No. We don’t have sweet tea. Sugar’s on the table. Just add a few teaspoons.”)
When you make real Sweet Tea, first dump two cups of sugar into a pitcher. Bring a half gallon of water to a boil. When it boils put in three family-sized tea bags. Leave it alone for five or six minutes. Remove the tea bags and bring the tea to a boil. Pour the tea into the pitcher and stir it until the sugar melts. Fill the pitcher half way with ice and stir until the ice melts. Then fill the pitcher with cold water. Stir until blended.
Something real scientific happens when you make Sweet Tea. When you dissolve the sugar in the tea, you no longer have sugar and tea, you have Sweet Tea. It is a different mixture. Scientists call this new mixture a compound–when two separate ingredients mix together to form a new substance. It’s no longer sugar, and it’s no longer tea. It’s Sweet Tea. The sugar won’t settle on the bottom of the pitcher, because it’s not sugar any more. The liquid will always be Sweet Tea to the last sweet drop in the pitcher.
I first published Jesus And Sweet Tea in January, 2012. It was the second most viewed and commented post I published in 2012. I hope you enjoy it.
The Bible teaches us that’s the same thing that happens when we accept Jesus Christ as Savior and invite Him into our hearts. 2 Corinthians 5:17 says, “Therefore if any man (water) be in Christ, (sugar) he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” (Sweet Tea).
As born again believers we are now spiritually in Christ, and will be forever. God has already guaranteed our position in Christ for eternity. Ephesians 2:5-6 proclaims, “even when we were dead in our transgressions (God) made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved). and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus.”
As a new creation in Christ, He wants to live His life in us, through us and as us to bring glory to God. As part of our true identity we are in Christ and Christ is in us. We’re new creations.
The next time you drink a big glass of Sweet Tea, think about being a new creation with Christ living in you and you in Christ. And for all you Yankees, I sure hope y’all get to visit us one day and savor a tall cold glass of this delicious nectar us Southern folks call Sweet Tea. Y’all will just love it.
Would you like to invite Jesus to blend His life with yours. Would you like to become something new and glorious in God’s eyes. You can. Just follow this link to find out how easy it is to invite Jesus to come live in your heart.
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