Mixing drinks is an art requiring both knowledge and skill. As a young man I was fascinated by the ability of bartenders to remember names, ingredients and put them all together to make an incredible experience. To me it was an art form. In fact I found it so fascinating I trained, was certified and worked as a bartender for a short time. However, I soon learned that mixing drinks has multiple meanings and consequences.
There are some things that mix well together and there are other things that ought to never be mixed. Jesus taught His disciples to be discerning about what they mixed together. They were to be in the world but not of the world.
“They don’t belong to the world, just as I don’t belong to the world.” John 17:16 NCV
There are a lot of mixed up messages, mixed up loyalties, mixed up ideologies and an abundance of questions needing to be asked. We live in a world with little to guide us except our faith in something, someone better. For followers of “the Way” that something or someone is Christ. What is the world telling you to mix? Why?
“When good people do well, everyone is happy, but when evil people rule, everyone groans.” Proverbs 29:2 NCV
“Peter and the other apostles answered, “We must obey God, not human authority!” Acts 5:29 NCV
“For the Lord’s sake, yield to the people who have authority in this world: the king, who is the highest authority, and the leaders who are sent by him to punish those who do wrong and to praise those who do right. It is God’s desire that by doing good you should stop foolish people from saying stupid things about you. Live as free people, but do not use your freedom as an excuse to do evil. Live as servants of God. Show respect for all people: Love the brothers and sisters of God’s family, respect God, honor the king.” 1 Peter 2:13-17 NCV
My concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God’s side, for God is always right. Abraham Lincoln
When we are securely rooted in personal intimacy with the source of life, it will be possible to remain flexible without being relativistic, convinced without being rigid, willing to confront without being offensive, gentle and forgiving without being soft, and true witnesses without being manipulative. Henri J.M. Nouwen
The inner reality is not a reality until there is an outward expression. Richard Foster