Too often we find ourselves worn out and empty, wondering why we are not as effective ministering to others as we should be. Part of the reason is that too many of us minister out of a place of emptiness. When we seek the Lord and He begins to pour into us, like a parent, filling our flasks with our favorite milkshake. It is so good that we can’t wait to share it with those around us. We become so excited that we rush in mid pour to distribute what we have. We then give freely and liberally of what we ourselves barely have, only to run back home in search of another few drops. We then find ourselves saddened because what we desire is no longer being poured.
Even if we do get enough, we forget to return at the prescribed time for our refills. We continue to run around pouring into everyone, ignoring the fact that our Father is the one who poured into us. The rush of pouring out becomes more addictive than savoring the gift that we now carry. Instead of using it for the defined purpose, we abuse it, trying to make ourselves look superior, because God poured into us. We neglect to heed His call return to Him regularly to ensure that we do not run low, or even become empty.
We now walk around with empty containers, waiting for the next pouring while wondering why we can’t convince others to drink what we don’t even have. At about this time we begin to encounter situations that require us to utilize what we have been given. Since we never got our full portion, and we shared the meager amount we got before we ran off, we fail. Now come the tears, feelings of inadequacy, doubt and shame. We question whether we ever had the gift, if God even poured into us. We wonder why we can’t have the advantages that were promised with this gift. We seek alternate ways to acquire the gifts of God.
We need to learn to be still, and be filled, and then use the overflow to share with others. When we ask to be filled we need to wait until we are filled. We need to let God confirm that we are filled before we leave that Holy Place. We have to remember that the major part of what is poured out is for US, for our healing, for our strength, for our endurance to face what our Father knows is ahead of us. Of course we must share with our brothers and sisters, but we must be sure to keep what we need to go through our assignments. Remember, our sharing is not to fill them, God does that. We merely share a morsel of what He has given us to direct our brothers and sisters to the true Source.
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