Pour Yourself Out

He poured some of the anointing oil on Aaron’s head and anointed him to consecrate him…(Lev 8:12).

Life as a Christian is meant to be shared. In all things, we are to live as an offering unto others as we pour ourselves out upon them, seeking to be the sweet aroma of Christ unto their life.
It took me a long time to get this, because for many years the insidious thought of, “what’s in it for me,” took up residency in my heart and mind as I pursued relationships with people. Quite frankly, as a former performance junkie I’ve cared more about projects than people. This is something I have to always be aware of in my mind, because I’ll be very quick to set people aside for the sake of one more task I need to accomplish.
It’s not that tasks are bad, it just that, many times, they can wait. If I’m not creating enough time and space in my schedule to be fully present with people than I have missed the mark on being the sweet aroma of Christ to everyone that I meet. It’s quite possible that I’m doing too much if my focus is all about the things I’m doing, instead of the people I’m investing in.
In the Old Testament, when someone was set apart for God, the Holy Spirit was poured out upon them. This was done by taking oil and pouring it upon their head in great measure. Now, as believers in Christ, who live under the new covenant, the Holy Spirit has been poured out into us. You see, oil represents life and when we share it with others, we bring them the life of Christ that lives inside of us.
Therefore, it is our role as Christians to constantly be pouring out that power and love to everyone that we meet. Yes, the Spirit is ultimately not just meant for us. It is very much meant for us to share it with others. Truly, Jesus is a lamp unto our feet. When we allow Him to light up our path, we can act as His presence to a world that desperately needs His love. I want to be that kind of person today. One who pours herself out for the betterment of other people, in Jesus name.
Father, thank you for filling me with your Spirit. I long to share your Spirit with others. Grant me the grace to lead, love, serve and act like you. I want to love like you did, Jesus. Live through me, I pray, in Jesus name, Amen.

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