A cup...is a container that holds something.
This cup is full.
When you look in an empty cup you can see what's inside.
Have you looked in your cup when you finished drinking and/or eating something in it?
What do you see? Residue, particles, sometimes even staining.
Let's say, for a minute, that we're a cup and we get used and worn out again and again never reaching the bottom.
Sometimes reaching the bottom is good. If it's empty than it can be cleaned. Otherwise you have a container that has been filled up and almost emptied out numerous times without being cleaned. Eww!
If you had a choice would you want to use a cup that's never been cleaned before or do you want to use one that's dirty? The residue has built up, sides of it are caked with food, it's been out in the sun...can we say "food poisoning"?!
Anything in the cup will become tainted and unusable!
The only way for the problem to be solved is the cup needs to be washed and scrubbed.
Still imagining your the cup, how does it feel getting washed and scrubbed? Does it feel good?
Sometimes it takes a lot of elbow grease washing dishes.
If the bottom never gets emptied you can't clean it...period!
Jesus knows us and He knows what's in our core! He knows that we need to be emptied before getting cleaned and becoming able to use.
Residues from our lives are hurts, pains, sufferings, grief, anger, fear, desire.
If these areas aren't healed we're incapable of giving without tainting others.
Our issues can affect others, even when we don't realize it.
When our cup is emptied it's the point when you don't have anything else to give. No more in the tank. Completely on E-M-P-T-Y!
Have you ever had a situation that went from bad to worse? No matter what you do, and try with ALL your might to fight it, it doesn't work. Like a current that can't be fought. All you can do is go with it.
Sometimes God asks us to give up what we love the most. People, dreams, desires, hopes, plans, hobbies we enjoy, foods we like, etc. The list can go on and on.
Abraham was going to offer up his son Isaac, who was his greatest treasure, because God asked him to do it.
Jesus died and was buried for 3 days before rising again.
When we are baptized the old self is buried and is removed from you. You are left new!
It's agonizing when your cup is getting empty. It's a scary feeling because you see there isn't anything else that you can do. You need a miracle! Instead, your cup gets emptier and emptier. Still crying out "Lord, please do something. Help me stop this from happening."
Then you get angry pleading with Him, "Why are You doing this? Why can't this work out?"
You feel and see something and/or someone not work out.
You tried, and tried, and tried...no matter what you did, it's gone!
Your cup is empty...
Now it's God's turn! Maybe your dream isn't gone. It's hibernating. When you give your best and what you love the most to Jesus, He will say "Rise" to your dream, and it will be stronger and better than ever!
Whatever your grieving about don't despair. It's only being cleaned and made new.
May this message Be a Blessing in your lives and mine!
In Jesus name, Amen!