check out this video on the robertsons as they declare their I Am Second status:
“Where there is Love and Wisdom, there is neither Fear nor Ignorance.
Where there is Patience and Humility, there is neither Anger nor Annoyance.
Where there is Poverty and Joy, there is neither Cupidity nor Avarice.
Where there is Peace and Contemplation, there is neither Care nor Restlessness.
Where there is the Fear of God to guard the dwelling, there no enemy can enter.
Where there is Mercy and Prudence, there is neither Excess nor Harshness.”
—Francis of Assisi
Is not the cup of thanksgiving for which we give thanks a participation in the blood of Christ? And is not the bread that we break a participation in the body of Christ? ~1 Corinthians 10:16
What are you thankful for?
How has God blessed you?
Typical answers to these questions seem to be:
I’m thankful that God woke me up today and that I can live another day.
Know that the Lord is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture. ~ Psalm 100:3
I’m thankful for my family and friends.
And I will be a father to you, and you shall be sons and daughters to me, says the Lord Almighty. ~ 2 Corinthians 6:18
I’m thankful for my health.
Nevertheless, I will bring health and healing to it; I will heal my people and let them enjoy abundant peace and security. ~ Jeremiah 33: 6
I’m thankful to know God and his great love for us.
The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love. ~ Psalm 103:8
I’m thankful God has fulfilled my needs and more.
Praise the Lord. I will extol the Lord with all my heart in the council of the upright and in the assembly. Great are the works of the Lord; they are pondered by all who delight in them. Glorious and majestic are his deeds, and his righteousness endures forever. He has caused his wonders to be remembered; the Lord is gracious and compassionate. He provides food for those who fear him; he remembers his covenant forever. He has shown his people the power of his works, giving them the lands of other nations. The works of his hands are faithful and just; all his precepts are trustworthy. They are established for ever and ever, enacted in faithfulness and uprightness. He provided redemption for his people; he ordained his covenant forever—holy and awesome is his name.The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; all who follow his precepts have good understanding.To him belongs eternal praise. ~ Psalm 111
This might be the typical list but this list isn’t exhaustive. Our list could go on forever for all the things that we could be thankful for. We should be thankful for those beautiful starry nights. The innocent laugh of a child. The way the wind blows through our hair and gently touches our skin. Every simple thing counts!
God made it. He made it ALL!
We need to thank God every day for every wonder He put into our lives. Not only do we need to be aware of what we are thankful for but we need to live out our thankfulness.
The biggest thing we should be thankful for is our salvation; for Jesus as He died for our sins. We need to remember what God did for us and drink the cup of thanksgiving, the blood of Christ, the cup of remembrance.
Participate in communion and remember all this. Drink from the cup of thanksgiving!
And like I said we need to show our thankfulness. Our love for God needs to show in our lives. We need to show our thankfulness by going where God wants us to go, by following him without asking any questions. We need to let Jesus’ love shine through us for all the world to see!
So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. ~ 1 Corinthians 10:31
Read John 4:1-30
Naturally, the best way to start such a series on cups is start with the cup that is filled with something spectacular. It’s the cup filled with blessings. It’s the cup leading to eternity. It’s the cup of life.
In the selected passage, the Samaritan woman was imperfect. She had had five husbands and was now with another man. She wanted to understand what it was that Jesus was telling her. Yet, she was confused by the social norms. After all, she says, “You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?”
But Jesus tries to break down those norms and reaches out to her, an imperfect person. He offers her living water. Water that will become a spring of water. Water that wells up to eternal life. It’s not ordinary spring water. It’s moving water. Living water!
This water satisfies. No one will ever thirst again. You won’t need anything else.
But who qualifies for such special water? Who is worthy to drink from this cup of life?
The Samaritan women certainly wasn’t worthy. She had sinned. Yet, Jesus offered her a drink from this cup of life. Just like Jesus had asked her to put aside social norms for a cup of water from Jacob’s well, so Jesus has put aside our transgressions.
We ourselves might not be considered worthy. We have sinned. We have done the unforgivable. But Jesus is still standing there, holding out the cup of life and asking us to come to Him, the source of all life.
The question is: will we take the cup Jesus has offered or will we choose a different cup?
So I have this cup. It’s a coffee mug to be exact. Exciting, right? This cup is something I want to get rid of really bad but I keep holding on to it. It’s not like it’s going to fix anything or make everything go back to the way things were if I keep it. I don’t even really feel like the cup is mine. It’s just there bringing unwanted memories.
But I’ve had this feeling that in some way I could bless someone by it. I just haven’t quite figured out how yet. Any ideas?
I figured I could use it to start a prayer chain in which the cup is passed around. Tell them to pass the cup on and pray for the person whom they give it to. Or maybe as a way for people to release their burdens. Or maybe simply just make someone’s day and put a smile on their face by giving them an unexpected gift. Handing over the cup along with a simple “God bless.”
Instead, God brought the idea for this series of blog posts:
The Cup of Life
Take This Cup From Me
Cup of Thanksgiving
I hope this series brings you blessings and inspires you.
P.S. Any suggestions on what to do with this cup are welcome!