Here's my Cup
Posted September 10, 2012
Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is wellpleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ... Hebrews 13:21
I love coffee mugs and pretty teacups too. I have several different ones I've collected over the years. I drink coffee out of my Minnie Mouse one a lot. It's a cheerful one. There are certain cups I pick for tea. I like a lighter weight cup for tea. Not sure why. Just seems like tea should be sipped from a daintier cup or something. There's a certain type of cup I pick from the cupboard for hot chocolate too.
Maybe I'm just picky but for certain drinks, I like particular cups or mugs. Each one has specific details I like. What about us? What details do we have?
Chipped or Whole.
What kind of shape are you in? Feel like you've been battered around the sink a few times or tossed around in the dishwasher? The hot water of this old world hitting you hard?
We all have some flaws or maybe we are a little bit damaged but God can make us whole. We don't have to dwell on our misfortunes but we can choose to allow God to use those things to mold our lives into what He wants.
We are made up of our experiences but we don't have to allow them to slow us down in our Christian living. We need to go to the Lord for His strength.
Maybe you haven't given your life over to Jesus and accepted Him as your personal Savior. Only Christ can satisfy. Only Christ can give us new life and make us whole.
I love that song that talks about Jesus being the only thing that can satisfy us. Here's the chorus.
Only Jesus can satisfy your soul.
Yes, only He can change your heart
And make you whole.
He'll give you peace you never knew,
Sweet joy and love and Heaven, too.
For only Jesus can satisfy your soul.
Clean or Dirty.
One thing I can't stand is to run the dishwasher and pull out a dish and it is still dirty. Why do we get upset about that? Because it is supposed to be clean and we expect it to be clean. None of us wants to drink out of a dirty cup or eat off of a dirty dish.
What about us as Christians? We are suposed to be clean. We aren't supposed to have any crusty stuff or greasy slime of the world on us. We've accepted Christ. We are supposed to be living close to the Lord and living holy and clean lives.
Empty or Full.
Now some people may like pouring only a half a cup of coffee into their cup at a time but not me. I want a full cup. When I have hot chocolate, I definitely want a full cup of that. Love that stuff.
As Christians are we full of Christ? Or are we only partly full. Do we go to His Word constantly to be filled? Are we continually praying and communing with God? Are we allowing that filling of the Holy Spirit?
Not sure why songs keep coming to mind today but here's another one I like, "Fill My Cup". The chorus to that one is as follows.
Fill my cup Lord, I lift it up, Lord!
Come and quench this thirsting of my soul.
Bread of heaven, feed me till I want no more.
Fill my cup, fill it up and make me whole!
Richard E. Blanchard
Decorative or Practical.
I love pretty cups and mugs. I especially like those little tiny teacups that are just so dainty with pretty little etchings on them. Sometimes those decorative cups aren't too practical though.
Maybe they are too tiny and won't hold enough to wet your whistle. Maybe they have funny little handles that are hard to grasp and hold. Maybe the paint on them will just rub off if they are used too much.
What about us as Christians? Will we hold up with use? How strong is our faith? Look at those faith heroes in Hebrews 11. We are capable of such big things for God but our faith has to be strong. Strong faith helps us survive the weight of this world.
Seasonal or Everyday.
I have some Christmas cups that I just love taking down to use. I've got some with cute snowmen, Christmas trees, and all kinds of pretty Christmas scenes on them. For me it is a lot nicer to fill up a cup of hot chocolate into a pretty Christmas mug.
I try to keep them just for around the holidays because I'd probably get tired of them so I pack them away in a cupboard that's high and out of sight. I keep my other cups where I can reach them and use them every day.
What about us? Are we seasonal or everyday Christians? Do we just go to church every week, do a few good works, and say all the right things on the outside but really don't want to be used any more than that?
Remember what Paul told Timothy? "...be instant in season, out of season...".
I know you have all heard of those "C&E" Christians who only attend church on Christmas and Easter but I'm not talking about that. We can attend church each week and still end up a "seasonal" Christian, only really serving the Lord when we see fit, when we feel like it, or when there's an activity going on at our church.
We shouldn't be weekly Christians but we should be everyday Christians. We should be like the cups and mugs sitting in the front row of the cupboard, ready to be taken down and used.
I hope my cup has all the details that Christ wants me to have—ready to be filled, used, faithful, and available so that everything I do is pleasing to Christ.
Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant,
Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is wellpleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen. Hebrews 13: 20, 21
So, what kind of cup are you?
Copyright ©2012 Julia Bettencourt
Scripture References are from the King James Version.
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