If you’ve been a Christian for any length of time at all, you are probably familiar with the song: “Fill My Cup, Lord.”
“Fill my cup, Lord.
“I lift it up, Lord.
“Come and quench this thirsting of my soul.”
This is all well and good. But if you fill a cup, it can only contain so much. Then you have to leave the tap that fills it and empty it out. The cup is empty until you can get it back to the tap and fill it again.
Now, cut the bottom out of the cup. Water flows through without hindrance. The cup is constantly being filled and emptied simultaneously.
Dig channels for the streams of love where they may broadly run,
And love has overstreams to fill them every one.
But if at any time thou fail such channels to provide
The very fount of love itself will soon be parched and dried.
For thou must share if thou wouldst keep this blessing from above.
Ceasing to share you cease to have. Such is the law of love.
(I do not have the source for this. It was in the scrapbook my godfather made for me when I was twelve. I memorized it then, and it has never left me.)
The source of all love is God. Without God, we have no way to love anyone else. What we call love devolves into nothing but lust and self-gratification. But with God, love is all.
As we share God with others, God continually fills us with His love so that we can offer this love to others. Therefore, if we become channels or pipes instead of cups or vessels, we are constantly being filled with God’s love as we continually offer that self-same love to the world around us.
So do we want to be vessels or channels?
Let me be a pipe – a clean pipe – worthy to channel your love to others.
In Jesus’ most precious name.