Recently, while praying, I saw myself standing next to Niagara Falls with a small cup of water.
As some of you may know, the Niagara Falls combine to form the highest flow rate of any waterfall in the world: more than 6 million cubic feet (168,000 m3) of water falls over the crest line every minute.
In my vision, I knew I was supposed to pour my cup out, but I felt reluctant to do so. I thought, “What’s the point? My cup of water isn’t needed. It won’t make a difference.” Yet, I knew the Lord was prompting me to do so, so I poured it out anyway.
My small cup of water barely made a ripple in the raging waters below.
The Lord showed me that this cup represented my contribution and service to the Kingdom of God. The water in my cup was miniscule compared to all of the water already there. Nevertheless, I felt the Lord saying, “Even though it may feel small to you, your contribution is important! No one can replace what you have to offer, so don’t hold back.”
Part of my reluctance stemmed from my perception that my contribution was not as significant as what others were doing. I remembered a quote by John Eldredge, “Comparison is the thief of joy.” God showed me that there are many in the Body of Christ who struggle with the same idea that what they are doing isn’t as important as what others are doing. As a result, they hold back from doing what God has uniquely equipped them to do. As I continued to pray, I felt the Lord saying, “Don’t hold back! Joyfully pour out your cup...it is for my glory.”
You Are Not Alone
A few days later during worship, the Lord took me back to Niagara Falls. Once more, I was standing with my small cup of water. At that moment, it was like a veil was removed from my eyes. I saw a multitude of God’s people step out from the falls, each of them holding their cups of water and pouring them out.
The Lord spoke to my heart and said, “You are not alone. Even though your contribution may feel small and insignificant, the sum of my people’s contributions are beyond what you can imagine—they change the world!”
My prayer for each of you today is that God would encourage you and give you a revelation of just how special you are and how needed your unique contribution is to the Body of Christ and to the fulfillment of the Great Commission.
QUESTIONS FOR REFLECTION
- What is in your “small cup”? What words describe the contribution that only you can give?
- Spend some time talking to the Lord about how he sees you, and the contribution to the world that only you can make.
- Have you been tempted to hold back this offering? What would it look like to fully give these things to God?
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Sean Collier and his wife, Alice, live in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, with their three kids. They work with young Khmer leaders who they believe are the future leaders of God’s Kingdom in Southeast Asia.