Perhaps you remember the old Western ballad that depicts a lone cowboy plodding across a parched desert, near death in search of water. To his delight he happens upon a well that is equipped with a hand pump. A note is attached to a cup of water:
"Friend, you can drink the water in the cup and quench your thirst, but you'll die before reaching the next water hole. If you will pour the cup of water into the well to prime the pump, water will gush out, and you'll have all the water you can drink. And, kindly refill the cup for the next thirsty traveler."
Likewise, Jesus calls us to pour out our lives in selfless service to others for Him. But we will never know whether He'll return our lives to us until we offer them up to Him.
Early this morning, I lay in bed reflecting back over some 40 years, where as a youth, I gave Jesus that cup of water — my life, and in effect said, "Pour it out… Do with it whatever You choose." Of course, I had no idea whether it would dissipate into oblivion, or return to me in gushes of life-giving water.
Recalling His faithfulness, I found myself overwhelmed with gratitude, and compelled to offer up prayers of thanks, not only for watering my dried out soul, but for allowing me the privilege of watering other weary travelers along the way.
QUESTION: Today, are you willing without reservation, to offer up your life to Him in selfless worship and service? If you are, then here is His promise to you:
"If you give yourself to the hungry, and satisfy the desire of the afflicted, then your light will rise in darkness, and your gloom will become like midday. And the Lord will continually guide you, and satisfy your desire in scorched places, and give strength to your bones; and you will be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water whose waters do not fail." (Isaiah 58:10, 11)
It is a certainty that if you don't offer up your life, you will shrivel and die in the deadly desert of self-centered existence:
"Cursed is the man who trusts in mankind and makes flesh his strength, and whose heart turns away from the Lord. For he will be like a bush in the desert and will not see when prosperity comes, but will live in stony wastes in the wilderness, a land of salt without inhabitant." (Jeremiah 17:5, 6)
"Enjoy Your Coffee"
Michael Stanley, 55