Would Jesus go out for coffee with you?

When’s the last time you sat down with a friend for a face-to-face chat over a cup of coffee (or tea or V8 or whatever)?  When’s the last time you spent time away from family outside your home to engage with a friend? I’m asking you and me both these questions.

When you last wanted to share something special with a close friend, how’d you do it? Did you call them, or text them, or email them, or write them a letter?

All our electronic gadgetry makes sending information to others convenient, quick and easy; but do we communicate? How much time do we spend talking directly to friends or neighbors so we see their lips move and they see ours?

Is what we’re doing communicating? Or by using electronic gadgets are we further isolating ourselves from others?

Do we rush out on Facebook to catch up with friends? Do we tweet our good news to others? Do we write a blog post?

I’m just as guilty as anyone else of hiding behind a computer or cell phone screen. Doesn’t using that technology eliminate or severely hinder real communication between us and other humans? Does it build intimacy, or closeness?

Would Jesus go for coffee with you, with me?

I think He would. As we read God’s word we understand something. Jesus was a people person. All His encounters were face-to-face conversations. Even with  large crowds. Jesus loved people. He loved being around people.  Even if Jesus had an email address or a Facebook page or a Twitter account, I don’t think He’d use them. Jesus thrived on personal relationships, on intimate conversations with His disciples and listeners.

In my view, when we rely on a tweet or an email, or Facebook post, or a blog post (Yes, I’m guilty) to communicate with others, we lose that personal intimacy that only one-on-one, face-to-face encounters develop.

A good friend of mine lives in our area. I’m going to  invite him to have coffee with me on Tuesday. We’re going to spend an hour or so just sharing information, catching up on family stuff, talking football and sharing what God is doing in our lives. Our time together will bless us and encourage us. We’ll both walk away from our time together having enriched our friendship and grown just a little closer to each other as brothers in Christ.

How about you?

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About Steven Sawyer

God blessed me with the gift of writing. Mom told me I wrote paragraphs in second grade when others were learning to write sentences. I spent more than three decades in professional writing gigs. For the past eight years I've combined my passion for writing with my love for the Lord. He and I write a Christ-centered, family-friendly blog to glorify God Monday-thru Friday at https://stevensawyer.wordpress.com/. My wife and I have four grown children and two precious granddaughters we co-parent with their mom. I'm a Galatians 2:20 disciple of Christ seeking to allow Christ to live His life in me, through me, and as me.

7 thoughts on “Would Jesus go out for coffee with you?

  1. Mr. Sawyer, your insights are poignant and point out matters of the heart but what the gist of those thoughts do is get to the heart of the matter. Technology simply provides us many different forums of how to communicate. It allows us to send a thought or words of intimacy quickly but it will never provide any feelings of warmth or compassion for another. Why? They do not have feelings and cannot talk back. Well, that is enough of this diatribe but thank you for your stimulating thoughts.
    jdeboo01
    May God bless you in all ways, always.

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  2. What a great thought. How amazing would it be to have coffee with Jesus?!
    Thank you for always being there and reading my blog! I just got done working a seven day week without a break. Funny, I guess I won’t have to worry about that anymore. But hopefully I will have more time to wander around here soon!
    I love seeing the different versions of YOU in your photos!

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  3. I agree with you Steven that the electronic communication leaves mush unsaid and unseen. We try to explain to our 21 & 18 year old children how much is left out when testing. You cannot know the person’s mood or intent sometimes if you do not see their face. I have a job where I use a computer all day and even after nearly nine months on my current project there is people I work with whose face I have never seen.

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