Sunday, December 9, 2018

Pour Your Heart Out

Pouring out so much of myself to others is actually a concept I feel called to, but  one that also frustrates me so much. A leader in my life once actually even said to me, “Maggie, you’re always pouring out so much of yourself and you never give yourself time to get filled back up.”

Being in this city, I’ve felt even more urgency to pour, pour, and keep pouring. And in all honesty, it gets tiring. I feel myself grow weary. 
But I feel God urging me on still.
Lately, I started rereading Romans as Paul writes to the Christians in Rome who he is pouring out to. 
He says: “I so want to be there to deliver God’s gift in person and watch you grow stronger right before my eyes! But don’t think I’m not expecting to get something out of this too! You have as much to give me as I do to you.” (vs. 12 MSG)

This hit me like an early morning wake up call. So often I feel like I’m just pouring out and not getting anything in return, but just as Paul reminds the Church at Rome, even the people we pour ourselves out to have just as much to give us as we do to them. And no matter what, we don’t have to worry about running dry or pouring too much out because God. Will. Fill. Us. Back. Up.

Even when we pour out to people who may not have has much knowledge, wisdom or spiritual advice to give us in return, just speaking God’s truth to listening ears makes you more like Jesus. 

In all actuality, ministering to others and spending your time pouring into people (even if you don’t see a purpose in it at first) actually draws you closer to God because it offers Him the opportunity to pour more of Himself right back into you.

Pouring ourselves out to others doesn’t take anything from us—instead, it makes room in our hearts for God to pour more into us! 

By showing parts of Him to others, we make more space in our own lives for Him to fill.

If we exert more energy, give more love, offer more patience and extend more grace, in exchange, God will then give us more energy, more love, more patience and more grace. If we trust Him with this process, He will refill us with exactly what we’ve emptied ourselves of solely out of His love for us.

The book of Romans starts with Paul saying that he’s writing this letter to all the Christians in Rome. He continues with saying that “through Jesus we received both the generous gift of His life and the urgent task of passing it on to others.” 

Then he says, “you are who you are through this gift and call of Jesus Christ!” 

Pouring out to others, as Paul says here, is part of our DNA and who we are because of what Jesus did for us. 

We can’t ignore the urgency we feel to love others just because of the effort it will take to do so. 
We shouldn’t lose an opportunity to change someone’s life because of our lack of energy or strength. 
We can’t let our relationships suffer because of our denial to extend enough grace to see both sides of a situation. 
And we especially shouldn’t miss an opportunity to receive God’s best blessings simply because we couldn’t find patience to wait for it. 

Follow His lead, don’t hold anything back, and watch for what incredible thing He wants to do right before your own eyes when you 
pour your whole heart out.

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