Trials are inevitable, Jesus warned us. “In this world you will have tribulation” (John 16:33). We feel the burdens and struggles of this life, but as a friend challenged me to remember: when we are tempted to say, “Poor me,” instead say, “Pour me, Lord!”
Rather than giving way to self-pity, let us trust the Lord to handle our trials. Let us turn our focus from ourselves and give ourselves fully to minister to others. Let us seek to be “poured out”–used to the greatest extent possible–as He was.
The Apostle Paul rejoiced in the privilege of fervent service: “Even if I am being poured out as a drink offering upon the sacrifice and service of your faith, I rejoice and share my joy with you all. You too, I urge you, rejoice in the same way and share your joy with me” (Philippians 2:17-18).
The Lord Jesus, who “for the joy set before Him, endured the cross” (Hebrews 12:2), poured Himself out to death, winning freedom from sin and eternal life for us.
As we offer ourselves in ministry by faith, others are strengthened. Joy fills our hearts as the God of the universe uses us to help others. We become more like Him. So, pour me, Lord!