Get an Empty Cup

Have you ever ordered a drink at a restaurant and taken a sip only to find out it’s not the drink you were expecting? When you order fresh, hot coffee but get something lukewarm that’s been sitting in the machine for three days, it’s terrible! If you’re expecting sweet tea but get iced tea instead, you get upset! So you let the waiter know and request a brand-new drink.

But what would you do if you gave that lukewarm coffee to your waiter and watched as he topped the same drink off with fresh coffee? You’d say no—get rid of the old drink with the grounds floating around in it, get me a freshly washed cup, and pour in the good stuff!

Psalm 23:5-6 says, “You prepare a feast for me in the presence of my enemies. You honor me by anointing my head with oil. My cup overflows with blessings. Surely your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me all the days of my life, and I will live in the house of the LORD forever.” David saw his cup overflowing with blessings, and that is what we should desire. But a lot of us make the same mistake as the waiter who just tops off the cup of bad coffee—we ask God to top off our life with blessings, but we want to keep all the bad stuff in our lives, too.

God wants to fill your cup with amazing blessings, but so many of us want to hold on to the sin in our lives. We just want to be topped off with a little bit of God.

In Matthew 26, Jesus was praying in the garden of Gethsemane before He was betrayed by Judas. He said in verses 40-42, “My Father! If it is possible, let this cup of suffering be taken away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine…My Father! If this cup cannot be taken away unless I drink it, your will be done.” Jesus knew that for us to receive new, empty cups to be filled with God’s blessings, He would have to drink all of the dirt, sediment, and junk that filled the old cups.

Jesus drank the cup of God’s wrath so that you and I don’t have to. He knew that when He did, humanity would have the opportunity to have a restored relationship with God, and could be filled with His Spirit. And Jesus didn’t just cover up our sin—He drank the whole cup. He took it away and offers us a brand-new cup. Our lives overflow with blessings when we understand the power of God’s love.

So many of us want God to just top our lives off with His blessings, but He will never just top it off—He wants to completely fill your life with His blessing. Realize that for this to happen, God has to empty your cup first. Give Him the control of your life, and let Him help you get rid of all the junk in your life. Then, watch as your life begins to overflow with the blessing of God.

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