What’s in Your Tea Bag?

At my Wednesday night Bible study, we started a new series on change–specifically, changing into Christlikeness.

The pastor had an incredible word picture to share with us.  I love illustrations like this one, so I think I’ll share it with you.

What happens when you put a tea bag in a cup of hot water?

You get tea.

What kind of tea?

That depends on the tea bag.

Exactly!  The hot water doesn’t change the flavor of the tea; it merely brings out what was already in the tea bag. 

So it is with us.  God is constantly putting us in “hot water” situations that bring out what is in our “tea bags”; that is, the stuff that fills our hearts and souls.

If my reaction to a situation is bitter, selfish, and arrogant, it’s not the fault of the circumstance.  It means that I am bitter, selfish, and arrogant. 

I need my tea bag changed.  I need a new tea bag full of Christ, so that when I am tested and placed in a mug of steaming water, I can be a means for Christ’s love, mercy, and grace to flow out.

Picture the tea bag in the cup.  The tea begins to slowly seep out the bag, but after a few moments, the entire cup is affected by the contents of the bag.  In our lives, the same things happens.  When the poisons of bitterness and envy and selfishness are in us, they taint the circumstances and spill out onto those around us.  On the other hand, if we are full of Christ, then His love, mercy, and grace will transform the entire situation and our relations with other people.

So, ask God to show you what’s in your tea bag, and let Him change it out for something far better.

Let’s make some really good tea today!


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  1. Good thoughts! Good thoughts! (As always!) …. Thanks for sharing!!!!

  2. “A woman is like a tea bag, you can not tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water”
    Nancy Reagan quote

    And I’m thinking about the strength we have in the Lord, not ourselves….

  3. HI Alex!

    Great post, you give such great word-pictures. It helps pull lots of thoughts together that have been rambling around upstairs.

    See you later!

  4. Thank you for the comment and the birthday wishes!! It was good to see you on Sunday (Sorry I didn’t get a chance to say hi, we had to rush out for a lunch reservation for my birthday 🙂 ) Hope you have a great week!!!

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