All three of my kids love to swim and play in water, so a few years ago we took our kids to the ocean. They were amazed by the vastness of God’s creation and that there was water for as far as they could see!
One day I was playing by the water with my daughter. She had some little cups and I had a big bucket. She would come to me, and I would pour out my bucket into her little cups. Then she would walk over to a pit she had dug in the sand and would dump her cups of water. We did this for hours! But you know what? No matter how much she poured out, I never ran out of water. Why? Because I literally had an entire ocean of water at my disposal. The more she poured out, the more I would pour back in. She could never out-pour my capacity to refill her.
I love this image, because isn’t that exactly what our Heavenly Father does for us? In fact, in Isaiah it promises, If you pour yourself out for the hungry and satisfy the desire of the afflicted, then shall your light rise in the darkness and your gloom be as the noonday. And the Lord will guide you continually and satisfy your desire in scorched places and make your bones strong; and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail. (Isaiah 58:10-11 ESV).
God says that if you pour yourself out for those less fortunate than you, for those who need Jesus, then your light will rise, your gloom will be like noonday, and He will satisfy you!
It seems counter-intuitive that the more you pour yourself out, the more satisfied you will be. However, the reality is that the more you pour yourself out for the sake of loving others, the more God will pour Himself in. You can never out-pour God’s capacity to refill you.
Knowing this to be true, let’s continue to pour ourselves out for the sake of others coming to know Jesus!