Have you ever eaten too much? It’s terrible. That feeling of fullness you get and you don’t even want to see food for a good while…think Thanksgiving dinner! But have you ever been hungry? So hungry all you can think about is getting something to eat, anything!
Those are physical feelings but what about spiritually? We can get spiritually full also. I remember one time I was attending a Conference, one I attended every year, and I stopped getting anything out of it. The messages didn’t seem to hit home with me, no revelation was coming, and I just felt something was off. Of course I immediately blamed the speaker surely they must be the issue. #denial
I went to prayer about it and didn’t expect what God began to show me. It wasn’t the speaker it was me! Shocker…you see we can go to church and to special meetings read good Christian books, etc. to grow spiritually and all of those things are good in themselves. BUT if we are not giving out what we are taking in all we do it get full, and soon we have no appetite for spiritual things.
God showed me I was always taking in knowledge, always trying to learn more but had forgotten to then let if flow out of me to help others. My cup was full. There is a spiritual principle of sowing and reaping that is a law that works whether you work it or not. When you sow you reap. But if we stand there holding the seeds how can anything grow into a harvest? If we don’t plant or give out we can’t reap any benefits.
I saw it. I was full of the Word but wasn’t giving out I just kept trying to put more in. The Dead Sea is dead because nothing flows into it or out of it. It’s just a container and life cannot grow in its waters.
Do you ever feel dull spiritually? Church seems mundane, messages are boring, reading God’s word seems mechanical when once it was so life-giving? Maybe you are full. Maybe your cup needs to be emptied so more can fit inside? For our spiritual cups to be emptied we must be giving out, pouring out of ourselves in service to others so that God can then fill us with fresh spiritual food that again satisfies our souls.
We don’t have to be rich to give. Our churches don’t have a shortage of programs and things to get involved with to help people. Nursing homes are full of people that never get a visitor. There are so many volunteer programs in our cities to join the list is endless. God’s word says of Jesus that he “went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed of the devil for God was with him.” If we would just go about doing good God would open doors for us to minister the Gospel to people who need to hear it. We would have more opportunities than we can imagine helping and loving people around us.
Isn’t that what we are called to do? We are called to give out what we have been given, to reach this broken world with the good news we carry! There is nothing more filling and satisfying than giving of ourselves. Proverbs 11:25 TPT states, “Those who live to bless others will have blessings heaped upon them, and the one who pours out his life to pour out blessings will be saturated with favor.”
While we don’t give to get, in essence we are going to receive way more than we ever give out when we begin to empty our vessel of all of the goodness we have taken in. Giving a kind word, running an errand for a sick friend, mowing someone’s grass, the ways to bless and give are absolutely endless. #justdoit