I am currently in the process of decorating white coffee mugs. The first step of the process is to color the white coffee mug with alcohol ink. I then add a decal with a scripture. Each mug has a different scripture. I thought it would be neat so people could start there day with a cup of coffee and the word of God. I made one batch of cups and although some were very beautiful the ink stained the cup so dark that the Bible verse although present was hard to see. The Bible verse was hidden by all the colors on the cup. Let’s just say these cups did not turn out quite how I had hoped. I wanted the word of God to not only be readable but prominent.
I am currently in the process of making another round of cups. This time I only stained the bottom half of the cup. That means the Bible verse is easily seen on the white portion of the cup. I am not done with these coffee mugs but I have high hopes that they will be beautiful, functional and able to serve a cup of coffee with the word of God.
I have recently been doing more art projects with alcohol inks. I am still learning to work with this new medium. They are interesting to work with and not like anything else I have used. We ourselves are very much like a cup. When we are filled with the Holy Spirit and the word of God we are able to pour this into others. But if we are stained with to much sin the sin will cover the word of God. Instead of poring into others the word of God and the Holy Spirit we will be poring into them bad things. We need to make sure our cup is clean and white as snow otherwise we will be like my first batch of coffee mugs. They are beautiful from the outside but God’s words are hidden behind all the ink.
When I think about the process in which God makes us into a cup that can serve others I am reminded of the verse in the Bible about new and old wine skins. The first step is to become a new cup, a new wine skin. We often need to become a new creation. We need to become a new cup that is pure white. We do this through baptism. For baptism in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit brings rebirth and life.
“No one sews a patch of unshrunk cloth on an old garment, for the patch will pull away from the garment, making the tear worse. Neither do people pour new wine into old wineskins. If they do, the skins will burst; the wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined. No, they pour new wine into new wineskins, and both are preserved.” Matthew 9:16-17