I woke up this morning feeling better and stir crazy — which was my body’s way of saying I needed a Starbucks Vanilla Latte. When I arrived at the window, I spotted a treat I don’t normally order, but couldn’t resist this morning… their oatmeal. I love oatmeal anyway, but they add brown sugar, a variety of nuts (walnuts, pecans, almonds) and dried fruits (cherries, blueberries, yellow raisins and cranberries) to the mix and it is scrumptious! Oh, and the packaging? Impressive. Check it out.

As I was unpacking all my goodies from the bag this morning, I thought about a lesson we recently did in 2 Cor. 4:6, “For God, who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness,’ made his light shine in our hearts to give us the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.”

We discussed how the Church can offer up some of the most impressive “packaging” techniques known to mankind, but how it is only God, through Christ, who truly pierces the darkness of our souls — not anything man has to offer.

No doubt the enemy is very much aware of how quickly our focus can be drawn towards the beautiful, relevant, and trendy. We’re visual creatures. Just ask Eve. “When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it.” [Genesis 3:6]

After studying the lesson in 4:6, I was reminded of how vital (and challenging) it is to keep my eyes fixed on the eternal and not the temporal. You see, as much as I appreciated Starbucks’ clueful packaging techniques, all that stuff was quickly tossed aside after the picture was snapped. It was simply the bonus, not the substance. Relevant “packaging” may move a heart, but only Christ can move in a heart… an eternal difference.

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