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Would you like a Hot cup of Chai?

Irani Chai

Last weekend, it was raining.

Outside, the grey overcast sky was dull and gloomy.

The cold breeze accompanied by thick rain made the surroundings damp everywhere.

Inside, our little group had gathered at a nearby hotel to have a time of worship, prayer, and Bible study. It was a great time of sharing and reflecting on the Word of God.

After the meeting, tea and samosas were ready for a time of fellowship.

The large sized tray filled with crispy hot samosas was tempting. Simply perfect for the weather.

Samosas

The meeting room attendant enthusiastically handed me a cup of tea, with a wide smile, maybe impressed, thinking I must be someone special because he saw me lead the Bible study.

I felt he served me the tea a bit too early because we were all just having a great time talking while relishing the hot, tasty samosas.

By the time I took a sip of the tea, it was lukewarm, and the taste put me off.

Personally, I prefer my tea really hot.

I thought of leaving it, no point forcing myself because I would not enjoy it.

In a moment, the enthusiastic service boy came back and offered me another cup of tea, a freshly poured one.

It was smoking hot and absolutely delicious!

In this part of the world, the more popular tea that is served at cafes and restaurants is called Irani Chai.

It is usually prepared by boiling tea leaves in thick milk and adding cardamom, a dash of cinnamon and some other ingredients that bring out a distinctly unique taste and flavor.

For Chai lovers, it’s a refreshing cuppa to indulge in.

Yet, no matter how well brewed the tea is, the goodness of the flavor is fully enjoyed when you have it steaming hot.

Once it gets lukewarm, it’s a total put off.

Thinking of the hot cup of Chai, I can relate to what Jesus is trying to say in the book of Revelation, where He said, “you are neither cold nor hot”. I can sense how He must be feeling when believers go lukewarm.

If cold, I don’t think Jesus would bother as much but the problem is, when you are lukewarm.

Lukewarm makes things flavorless and horrible tasting. It’s so bad that Jesus says it makes Him feel like spitting it out. 

Visualize that. Jesus puking  because of someone lukewarm.

The solution.

“Be Hot” Jesus suggests.

I love the straightforward instruction.

Why Hot?

So that we don’t miss any of the great stuff that is prepared for us.

What exactly does Jesus mean by ‘Hot’?

He means hot on faith. Hot in believing. Hot in trusting the power that is in His Name. Hot in reading the Bible and knowing and receiving all that God has promised us. Hot on spiritual alertness. Hot in obedience to the Word of God.

This is the Hotness that will put us on the good wish list of Jesus. 

Hotness that will make us victorious.

What an awesome thing to be victorious and on the ‘A’ list of Jesus.

Wishing you a week hot on Faith.

Also whenever you get a chance do try some Irani Chai.

With Love and warm regards,

Sophie

Bible verse:

To the angel of the church in Laodicea write:

These are the words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the ruler of God’s creation. I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth.

Revelation chapter 3

22 comments on “Would you like a Hot cup of Chai?

  1. Pingback: Would you like a Hot cup of Chai? – Tonya LaLonde

  2. Faith'sPen
    July 13, 2021

    I enjoyed reading this mail. Thanks for sharing it.

    I appreciate the reminder.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Sophia Lorena Benjamin
      July 14, 2021

      I’m so happy that you liked reading this. It was a reminder to me too and i’m so grateful to the Lord for this privilege of being able to write, post and connect with wonderful people like you via WordPress.

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  3. Wise Hearted
    July 14, 2021

    I do not like lukewarm tea either. I pray a lot for the right temperature for my soul. Good reminders Sophia.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Sophia Lorena Benjamin
      July 14, 2021

      Thank you so much. Glad to find a partner who likes to stay “Hot” for the Lord. So glad this resonated with you. Look forward to stay in touch and learn more about you too.

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  4. wetanddustyroads
    July 15, 2021

    I do like how you’ve constructed your post … I love tea (but hate – and that’s a strong word – when it’s lukewarm). I’ve always understood why Jesus don’t want His children to be lukewarm, but your post just made is so much clearer.
    Thank you for sharing this and reminding me to be hot in faith!

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    • Sophia Lorena Benjamin
      July 26, 2021

      i’m so glad this post resonated with you. in fact it’s something that ministered to me too recently as I was pondering over a situation and made me realise I need to remain Hot for the Lord. It’s so much better that way. How do you plan on staying Hot? would love to know.

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      • wetanddustyroads
        July 26, 2021

        Your question made me think now … I presume there are a couple of ways to be hot for Jesus.
        1) It’s great to surround yourself with friends that are also Christians and believers – we’ve just recently had a wonderful evening with such friends and to speak freely about the Lord is definitely one way to stay hot for the Lord!
        2) And what about praying often … speaking to the Lord constantly during the day (or at night when I’m awake).
        3) Oh, and doing bible studies together. A friend and I just concluded a bible study after months studying and reading the bible book of Esther. It was such a powerful study and once again, quality time with Jesus.
        There might be many other ways … but the above definitely works for me to stay hot for Jesus 💌.

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        • Sophia Lorena Benjamin
          July 29, 2021

          Thank you so much for sharing all these wonderful ideas and your experience. It’s advise that’s relevant and meaningful and I truly appreciated your patience. So good to hear of your experience with the Bible Study on Esther. Would love to hear of any specific nuggets of wisdom that you gleaned from it, if you get the time.

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  5. Michigan Mary
    July 18, 2021

    I’ve found that if you talk to someone who is “cold” on God, they will argue with you and then you at least have a chance to speak the gospel, possibly winning them over. If they are lukewarm, well, they just don’t care and will walk away, so there is no chance of winning them to Christ. And of course, being “hot” for Christ is always best. For some reason, your post has made me thirsty. I think it’s time for a break from the computer!

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  6. (Mrs.)Tara Pant
    July 20, 2021

    👌

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  7. stevescountry
    July 20, 2021

    I like my tea and Coffee nice and hot! Lukewarm is terrible, a good illustration there for us, that’s for sure. We need to be hot for our Lord all the time. Very well said Sophia, have a wonderful day!😀😺🌞☕

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  8. Zaden Zane
    August 14, 2021

    Drinking chai… now that brings back memories!
    I used to go to a club called The Warp Experience in the late 1990s. It was a 24-hour party in London with multiple rooms and all sorts of music from hard techno to floaty chillout tunes. They even had a play running in one room, in fact I think “The Warp” was actually the title of this play that played on and on the whole time the club was on, and it ran from about 10pm Saturday to 9 or 10pm Sunday (it was a wonderful clubnight but the play was really nothing to write home about). And I loved the 24-hour opening times… Really civilized opening hours… !
    Anyway, they had chai stalls galore in that place (inspired by the giant open-air parties in Goa) so I have many a happy memory of sipping chai on ornate cushions as many pretty girls drifted by in fluorescent jewellery. It was a wonderful place and I’ve loved chai ever since!!
    I don’t know if photos come out in comments, but here’s one of the fluoro market

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