When I have been faced by my greatest giants and I try to retaliate immediately without feeling loved by God, I don’t pour out God’s love. Not pouring out God’s love and his best of me by this truth, His word, His dedication and devotion, then I may appear as an empty leader. It is then that I must ask am I a living sacrifice to be used of God in the places he puts me or an empty bucket without his love, grace, compassion and mercy being overflowing?
Let me give you the analogy related to a remodel; one of the practical, inexpensive resources that I saw used repeatedly, during our over a year long project, was that of a bucket. These come in all sizes. You can purchase the ten quart, one gallon, two gallon, and the five gallon pail. The five gallon pail will cost about $25.00. You can find the buckets in all different sizes and colors as well. During the remodel, the buckets were useful for the painters washing brushes and the tradesmen’s tools that would be carried through out the whole house like the smallest of items the nails and dry wall tape to the larger hammers and drills. While the project was being done, I did not find a tradesman including the painters, carpenters, mason, electricians, or plumbers that did not need a bucket of some sort. Buckets are useful even for the general clean up after a remodel project, and they are often the last items left after the project is completely finished. They fulfill their purpose.
It was by taking a look at a effective bucket that I realized what one fills his life up with really does make a difference. I could fill my life up with all kinds of troubles because they are there. There are the challenges of living like raising children, financial pressures, marital differences, lack of motivation, illnesses, injuries, and we can name many others. From the other angle, I could also look at the Almighty God in his infinite power to look to him and for him to love me and fill me. Even in trouble, the love of these challenges will not fill me like a useful vessel and the incorruptible love of God and his son Jesus.
“Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.” Romans 12:11 (NIV)
Living like a bucket being filled with God’s love; I can be assured I will have a Godly resource to share. Do you want to be filled more with his incorruptible love; I know it’s more than the mind can comprehend at times, but I’d sure venture to explore it.