Emptying one’s cup is a common topic among Christians.  In the positive sense, we talk of being sold out for Christ.  We talk of giving it all for the sake of the kingdom.  Perhaps the historical example most often referred to in this way is the Apostle Paul.  From a study I did on Paul for one of my classes:  “Paul indicates that his ministry has required much suffering and sacrifice (1 Cor 4:8-13, 2 Cor 4:7-12, 2 Cor 6:3-10, 2 Cor 11:16-33, Eph 3:13, Col 1:24,1 Thess 2:2). He talks about being put on display like those condemned to die, being made a spectacle, being fools for Christ, being dishonored, hungry, thirsty, in rags, brutally treated, homeless, cursed, persecuted, slandered, scum of the earth, hard-pressed, struck down, beaten, imprisoned, sleepless, regarded as imposters, regarded as unknown, sorrowful, poor, flogged, exposed to death, pelted with stones, shipwrecked, in danger of many things, cold, naked and stressed.”

Now, that is emptying your cup, spending your life, giving it all for Christ.

Ah, to have the fortitude of Paul!




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