Poured Out

Drops

Serving with sacrifice.

I prayed and asked God to give me opportunities to minister to others on my journey- to bless them and have my eyes opened to see more of Him.

To be poured out.

1 Peter 4:10Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.

And yesterday, I struggled as I recognized- this is what I asked for, I just didn’t realize it would be this hard.

Galatians 5:13-14

You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love. 14 For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”

When we seek to serve in our flesh alone, we fail.

Ephesians 6:7Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not people.

We need God’s strength to make our service fruitful and effective.  He gives us eyes to see beyond ourselves and how we are feeling.

To consider- in each act-eternity.

And as we reach up to Him to sustain us we are blessed.

When we have reached the end of ourselves- that’s when God truly works.

Philippians 3:3For it is we who are the circumcision, we who serve God by his Spirit, who boast in Christ Jesus, and who put no confidence in the flesh.

We say- I’ve got nothing- I need you.

And He comes.  He fills us. He sustains us and makes our work effective-fruitful.

We pour out Christ in us and never run dry.

Invite Him into your work today.

Lord, we need you.  You are our strength, our sustaining grace.  Apart from you we can do nothing.  Fill us with your Spirit today, empowering us in every good work.  That we may give glory to Your Name.

 

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6 Responses to Poured Out

  1. I don’t know about you, but I find that when I allow myself to be poured out, then I am most filled. I love Psalm 1:3– “He {the man blessed by God} is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers.”

    Great post! Thanks for encouraging me to keep pouring myself out when all I want to do is keep my time and energies to myself.

    Keri

    • Rachel says:

      Keri- how awesome that you shared that verse! I just ordered wall art with that verse and a tree to place alongside it for our living room. :) Thanks for stopping by, God bless you.

  2. Falen says:

    I used to be so confused about this poured out concept. How can we pour out if we are to be constantly filling ourselves with God. Could be the visual (or lack thereof) of gravity and a cup.

    Then, recently I saw a sermon where a cup had a whole in the bottom. They poured without ever truly filling. It wasn’t even a pour, it was a constant leak. Then, another cup was filled and poured by overflowing… It went everywhere… down the sides, around the bottom, and flowed from the top! That’s when it clicked for me.

    Pour from the overflow… don’t stop filling just to pour… fill to be pour-able.

    I hope that make sense…. Great post!

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