As a child (5 or 6) I would watch my parents drink black tea every morning. It looked so cool and a mature thing to do. So, one fine day I decided I am eligible to drink as well, and asked my fair share of black tea as an esteemed member of the family.

Mom initially refused. But, I was too stubborn. Got my way, joined the black tea family mornings.

After 15 odd years, I stopped and preferred milk tea. At 21, I left home to pursue higher studies. I would visit home every year. After around 5-6 years of being away, I was somehow reminded of the black tea I used to have as a child. I was looking forward to the next visit.

While at home with parents during my next visit, I asked Mom to prepare black tea for me. She gladly went in and brought me a cup. I took a sip and immediately spat it out. It was too bitter for me. I thought why would my mom do this to me? I asked her why it tasted so bitter and awful. She said we’ve always had this, nothings changed. Then she suddenly took my cup and asked me to wait as if she had some sort of flashback. She goes into the kitchen and brings me another cup. This I enjoyed.

I asked her what was the secret. She said, she would mix water in it as a child so it was fine for me to drink. But, now that I had grown up, she gave me the original black tea.

It gave me a beautiful revelation. I learnt how so many Christians today have been served a watered down gospel. They have become conditioned to “nice” teachings and live a religious lifestyle. When they are given the truth they aren’t able to bear it. Just like how I was served the original black tea I disliked. I had become conditioned to a watered down black tea.

What are you drinking? Please do not compromise on the word of God. This life is all about Jesus, not us. Only a little while and those who truly walk in Him will be with Him forever.

“Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;”

1 Timothy 4:1-2