I’m serving God, but I am burned out!
In order to be used by God you have to be truly willing to be used – Lauren Hill
Now there were set there six water pots of stone, according to the manner of purification of the Jews, containing twenty or thirty gallons apiece. 7 Jesus said to them, “Fill the water pots with water.” And they filled them up to the brim. 8 And He said to them, “Draw some out now, and take it to the master of the feast.” And they took it. 9 When the master of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine, and did not know where it came from (but the servants who had drawn the water knew), the master of the feast called the bridegroom. 10 And he said to him, “Every man at the beginning sets out the good wine, and when the guests have well drunk, then the inferior. You have kept the good wine until now!”
Nowadays, we are all so very busy and running at light speed. We have so many priorities and responsibilities to handle that most times we don’t have time to sit and restore the energy and passion that we pour out.
Are you an empty pot ready to be poured into? Are you ready for new wine, new anointing on your life? Are you looking for change and transformation? Do you feel called by the Lord? If you’re answer is yes, then my next question would be are you ready to go through the process of being used?
When we don’t take the time to be restored and filled back up by the Holy Spirit we will continue to be empty. Our day-to-day affects our spiritual lives. This is why we need to sit before the Lord daily and allow Him to fill us up with His restoring spirit. Going about our lives without Him leaves us open to the sinfulness and chaos of the world that will live in daily. We can get so busy with what we have on our schedules and agendas that we forget to take the time to allow Him to anoint us with His spirit.
Here in the scripture we find the Lord instructing workers at a banquet to fill empty water pots with water. Why? He is instructing them because earlier in the text we see that Mary, Jesus’ mother, comes to Him and explains that there was a need for the people- they had run out of wine. They were attending a wedding and in this time weddings were a week-long festival and running out of wine was an embarrassing thing. These weddings were to be very carefully planned and running out of wine went against the Jewish codes of hospitality laws. Though Mary was asking Jesus to perform a miracle before His time, I believe that her faith in Him to do what was best for that particular situation is what compelled Jesus to move and supply the need of the people.
We now know that faith is the only thing that pleases the Lord. So we should take many initiatives here and look for opportunities to lean in and trust Him to provide for our needs, concerns, wants, desires, lack, whatever your petition, no matter how big or how small. Take it to Him and trust that He will provide you with the best solution for you and your situation.
Many times when we work up enough faith, we find ourselves going to the Lord and praying about something. We might even go on a fast and then leave it right there as to say, “I’ll sit this here Jesus!” Then we wait for some miraculous blessing to fall out of the sky. Or maybe you take it one step further and you choose to actually listen to hear from Him and receive a word from Him. Maybe you believe that He’ll come down and take the proverbial wheel and just get it done! Whichever option you choose here, both are not the complete practices in communicating with the Lord. That is not the way He operates. It’s outside of the formula when He is mixing us up and making us new.
Recently, I was faced with several decisions and changes. This left me feeling very overwhelmed and dry. I fasted and did what my leaders told me to do when I need the Lord to lead me in a particular direction. But what I wasn’t doing was listening or waiting for an answer from Him. I had already settled into an idea of what I wanted and also believed that my little prayers and fasting was enough. I had taken the first step. I had gone to the Lord and made Him aware of my needs and that was it. I went along about my days, thinking of, or better yet, worrying about if He would do what I was asking Him to do. According to Mary’s example, I was missing a very important component: Faith.
What is Faith? Faith is not believing in what we can see but believing the unseen and what is hoped for. So, I lacked faith, therefore, I had no hope. Having no hope disconnected me from the connection of hearing from God clearly. Look at verse 7 of our foundation scripture. Jesus tells the workers, “Fill the water pots with water.” He gives them instruction, direction, a command. He doesn’t command the pots to be filled, He calls His people to action and they obey Him, which leads them to receive a great gift. It is said in the scripture that “they knew, where the wine came from.” They knew where the restored wine would come from. This is why it is very important to follow this example: Faith + Hope + Hearing + Action + Obedience/Submission = Restoration
Without Faith, we cannot please God and lack Hope.
But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.
Without Hope, we cannot Hear from God.
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.
Without Hearing we cannot be instructed into Action
He who has ears to hear, let him hear!
Without instructions to Action, we cannot be promoted to Obey
Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.
Without submission, we cannot be restored
Therefore, as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, having been firmly rooted and now being built up in Him and established in your faith, just as you were instructed, and overflowing with gratitude.
We believe our “pots” to have one purpose but the Lord knows that very same pots can be used for a greater purpose. That is why slowing down and submitting to the Lord is extremely important, the Lord knows what you were made for and He knows what needs to be poured into you so that you can be used for optimization purposes and be at your best! When we are feeling burnt out we need a new perspective, we need a restored mind on who we are and what we are made of and this taking the time to be poured back into. It takes us sitting before the Lord and being completely set apart so that He may begin to empty us out and He’ll begin to take our Faith in Him, our Hope in Him, our Action and our Obedience and will stir up a rich anointing within us. You’ll begin to feel energized and full again for the assignment on your life.
You’ll be ready to go back out and pour out again! You’ve become a beautiful, bold bodied, sweet and smooth-to-taste blend of new wine anointing, ready to be presented to the Master and His people. It is time for you to “serve” the world in your purpose. What were you made for? Who are you called to? He has saved the best for last, He has taken His time to mature you for this very moment. You are ready to be used for His purpose, ready for people to test you, sorry I mean “taste” your wine (pun intended) that they may taste and see how good the Lord is. He has called you and He gives you more instructions. He tells us to take “some” of this new wine that I’ve given you and take it to the Master. What the text doesn’t read is, how. In order to remove only some of the wine, you would need to have an additional cup, a “serving cup”. This serving cup is a representation of your unique gifts and talents which will be filled by God’s great anointing that is now full with you. Everything you touch, everything that you do will be blessed with a unique anointing that is rich and fulfilling. It’s time to go and serve the Master and His people with every gift and talent that you have. All that was already in you is now changed and transformed to be sweet and pleasing to the Master! If you stay true to this recipe it is said that the Master will say, “You have kept the good wine until now”! And yes, Jesus did, He saves us so that we can be presented a holy and transformed people fit for service to our Master, the Father in Heaven.
It’s time to serve, go pour out…