4:240 – Pouring In, Bleeding Out
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On Thursday night I cut my finger making dinner. I had put on a bandaid and had a Zoom meeting with some students. During the meeting, my finger started bleeding. It was bleeding pretty good but I didn’t get up. I kept talking and helping the students through the meeting. Afterwards, all bloodied, I cleaned myself up, and went about my way. Some would say that it was stupid and I should have gotten up. But for me, the students were more important.
Life is often like that. We pour ourselves into others all the time. This is part of following Christ. The problem is, many if us are bleeding out while we pour into people. Some people also don’t realize that the person helping them is bleeding out because they won’t ask for help. I fall into that situation all the time.
Todays Questions: How do we make sure that we are filling ourselves up while pouring into others? How do we help others who are pouring into us to ensure they are not bleeding out?
- Isaiah 58:10 – “If you pour yourself out for the hungry and satisfy the desire of the afflicted, then shall your light rise in the darkness and your gloom be as the noonday.”
- Proverbs 11:25 – “Whoever brings blessing will be enriched, and one who waters will himself be watered.”
- Hebrews 6:10 – “God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them.” Hebrews 6:10
Service is best when it’s a two way street. You are served and served from others. God loves those who serves. We need to make sure that we do two things: Serve with an open heart AND make sure that you take care of those who serve you. Part of this comes listening, learning, and asking.
Proverbs says it best, ” Whoever brings blessing will be enriched, and the one who waters will himself be watered”. God will make sure this happens, but we are his servants. This is a place that we can all think about, grow, and learn. That person who serves with their full heart, may be bleeding as they aren’t asking for help. It’s up to us, to be ready, willing, and knowing how others feel and the life there situation.
As ww close, it is great to serve and be served. Remember to look at the person who is serving the most and know they may be bleeding out. You can help them more than you know.
Lord Jesus, thank you for all your servants. You have inspired us to serve and love one another. Help your servants who are bleeding out to find peace, healing, and love. They need your guidance ,love, and healing. We pray for your help, love, and continued support. In your name, Amen.