Are you willing to be spent?

It is super cool to see the differences between Apostles, Pastors, Prophets, Evangelists, and Teachers. And maybe you identified with one or two of those gifts. It’s like taking that Myers Briggs test and figuring out what type of person you are.

It is scary accurate sometimes isn’t it? I remember when I took my first Myers Brigg and found out I was an INFJ. The descriptors fit like a tailored suit and reading what an INFJ is like felt like gazing upon my reflection in the morning (the good and the bad included).

Maybe you’ve identified with one of the gifts talked about. Maybe you have the gift of an evangelist or a prophet. That makes us feel good because it feels like we have been identified. Identity. We like that kind of thing.

But a lot of times that is all we do. Identify. Put a face to the name. That is where we leave it. It is much easier to identify something than to act upon it. Following through, actually applying truth, often means sacrifice. It means to be spent.

We like to have “us” time. I love sitting and watching Netflix. And there is nothing wrong with that. But in our culture our “us” time becomes the most important thing about us. It is what we post on Instagram. Pretty soon our little world is very limited and a lot of what is in it revolves around us.

But the God’s provision of spiritual gifts flips that worldview on its head. We are not meant to live for ourselves. We are not meant to identify a spiritual gift and not use it. In fact, Spurgeon once said, “We are not to be living specimens of men in fine preservation, but living sacrifices whose lot is to be consumed; we are to spend and be spent.”

He said this in reference to his pastoral students but the sentiments trickle down to us. If you are a Christian, God has given you a gift to serve in the body of Christ. Which means you are meant to use it. You are meant to serve. You are meant to be spent. Your cup is meant to be poured out.

This doesn’t mean that there isn’t time and place for “us” time. In fact, I believe it is vital. Jesus often retreated from others to recharge and pray. After you have been spent you bring your cup back to the well to be filled again. You recharge. Then you are poured out again. And again. And again.

Are you willing to be spent?