Several years ago I named my blog, My Full Cup, and gave it the tagline, “A brew of fresh grace”. It just seemed to fit my deep love of both grace and coffee. I viewed my life a cup of fresh, steaming hot coffee. My cup though wasn’t empty, I might have felt like I was choking on the coffee grounds that can congregate in the bottom of the cup, but my cup was full.
Sometimes it was very, very full. And I was exhausted. I thought if I could only keep all my plates spinning I would matter, I would be someone, I would be great. So I added more and more to my cup. If someone asked me to do something, I did it because you can’t say no or people won’t like you.
I kept adding and adding more and more thinking if I could only somehow achieve on my own merits the relationship with Jesus I thought I saw others having. They seemed to be doing more, being more than I was. So I joined every Bible study I could. I read Christian non-fiction, self-help books by the boat load.
I was exhausted. And I was wrong.
Without Jesus I am just and empty cup of no use to anyone, of no value, no worth. I might be made of fine china, but I have no value. I might be a heavy mug, but I’m still empty of everything good. Without Jesus I am incapable of giving anyone anything that might be of benefit to them. I have no intrinsic value, worth, or use. I am empty of everything good and life-giving.
But Jesus changed all of that! He brings value and worth, goodness to this cup as He fills my soul and entire being with His sweet Holy Spirit.
No one wants an empty cup. No one. We all want one that is full. Sometimes we want one that is full of hot coffee on a cold day. This brings warmth and comfort. Sometimes we want one that is filled with iced-coffee, or cold-brew, on a hot day. This brings a sense of a cool refreshing.
Just like that, Jesus makes us both hot and cold. In Him we bring both comfort to some and refreshing to others. But it is all Him and not at all us. We just simply surrender to Him.
The cup does absolutely nothing to be filled. It just sits there, willing and ready. It doesn’t shy away from the hot coffee that could burn, or the iced coffee that is cold. It is fully yielded to whatever is put into it, because that is what the cup was designed to do.
Jesus designed us to be cups of His Spirit, filled with His Life, being poured out for Him to others. Normally when you pour out of a cup, the coffee level decreases and it must be filled again and again. When Jesus pours His Life in our soul, He completely fills our entire being, and then He pours Himself out of us into the lives others, but we never lack any of Him. We are never empty; we are always full, because He fills all-in-all completely.
Remember this: He is the coffee. You are just the cup. That is your identity. You don’t have to do it all, be it all, have it all.
He is Life and He is my Life. He is the coffee, I am just the cup. He fashioned the cup for His will, purpose, plan, and according to His desire. Circumstances of my life, good and bad, have shaped my cup. As I live yielded, as you live yielded to Him, He reshapes our cups into His image.
Jesus, I am Your little cup, yielded and ready for Your use. You have filled me with Your Spirit-Your Life for Your purpose, plan, and glory. Please be glorified in me as You pour Your Life from me into the lives of others.
“But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the surpassing greatness of the power may be of God and not from ourselves.” 2 Corinthians 4:7