If I placed a list before you of different aspects of life, what order would you place them in?
Firstly, yes, I did put “God” and “Church” as separate things, because they are. Furthermore, if we were to be honest about the order of these priorities in our own lives, we may see that there are some discrepancies between how we live our lives, versus how we think we live our lives. 1 Corinthians 10:23-24 teaches us: “All things are lawful, but not all things are profitable. All things are lawful, but not all things edify. Let no one seek his own good, but that of his neighbor.” So in the sense of this verse, getting our priorities straight should be a spiritual priority (repetition helps us learn). There are a lot of things we can do, should do, and actually do, but what of them are profitable in the sense of eternity and spiritual well-being? What do we focus on out of selfishness instead of necessity of spirit?
So now I ask, what is first in your life? We are all quick to say that God is first, because that is the good Christian thing to say, but is He truly? I really want you to pause here and examine how much of your 24 hours are spent focused on God.
Alright, now that we have that out of the way, I trust we can move on, but let’s dig a little deeper. More importantly, let me use an illustration to help me get to where I am going.
When we look at Figure 1.1 we see a cup representing “what we have to give”. This is all of our time, energy, and finances, put into one cup. The four subsequent cups are representative of just four of the aspects of life addressed at the top of the blog. Now what happens when we begin to pour out what we have into these aspects of life? Let’s take a look at Figure 1.2.
Now, it is possible that these aspects look familiar to your own life, however, it may be a little different, yet either way the point remains… you will run out. On our own, we just simply don’t have enough of ourselves to give what is needed in every different aspect of our lives. What are the consequences of this? For some, our family suffers, for others, we lose focus on God, and yet others, we take no time to work on ourselves.
There is both danger, and aftermath to this way of living. I find it hard to believe that anyone would want to live this way, but I see it more of just a fact of life. The problem is that too often we wait until we are empty to chase after God, begging for just a droplet of grace to sustain us.
“Yet does not one in a heap of ruins stretch out his hand, Or in his disaster therefore cry out for help?” Job 30:24 (NASB)
So, what would happen if we flipped our faith on its head, and instead of living for God, we started living from God? Christ gave us a promise concerning this in John 4:14 “but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him shall never thirst; but the water that I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life.”
With this understanding, our cups may look a little more like this…
Whereas we are limited in what we have to give, God is not. When we are plugged into the source, we don’t have to worry about running out of energy, time, or finances, because we become dependant on the infinite source.
Brethren and sistren, I leave you with this. Are you merely maintaining a relationship with God because you want to live for him, or are you diving into the source to live from him. How do your cups stack up?