Making Friends with Your Cup
“Then said Jesus unto Peter, Put up thy sword into the sheath: the cup which my Father hath given me, shall I not drink it?”
One of the most intriguing statements when you look at the Gospels as a whole picture is the question Jesus asked, “…the cup which my Father hath given me, shall I not drink it?” It was just a couple of hours earlier when Jesus prayed, “O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.” (Matthew 26:39) It was somewhere between the prayer of Jesus asking the Father to let “this cup pass from me” to the point when He rhetorically asked Peter if He should not drink of His cup that He made friends with His cup.
Everyone will have a cup that they are going to have to drink in their life. What is this cup that everyone will have to drink? This cup that you will have to drink consists of a couple of things. First, this cup is the thing that has come into your life that will most likely follow you to your death. It is that painful thing that reminds you of your humanity. The cup that Jesus had to drink had to deal with dying for the sins of mankind. No, Jesus did not have any sins that this cup would remind Him of, but this cup that Jesus had to drink dealt with the sins of mankind. At some point in your life you will have something happen that will change your whole life, and the thing that changes your whole life will be a cup that you often don’t want, and that you don’t want others to find out about it. It may be something that is embarrassing and painful, but it is your cup. Second, this cup will most likely be the thing that God will use to cause you to die to self.
If you are going to make friends with your cup in life, you are going to have to accept that your cup is not going to leave you. You can rebel against your cup in life, or you can make friends with it and determine that it is not going to take your joy. The cup that you must drink in life will either become a thorn in your side or the source of blessings that you use to help others depending on whether or not you accept it. My friend, you can try to refuse the cup that you have in your life, but that is not going to make it go away. Your cup that you are going to have to drink is going to stay with you just like it stayed with Jesus. You can make enemies with your cup and become bitter, or you can make friends with your cup and not let it take your joy.
Moreover, you will only come to peace with the cup that God has given you in your life after you spend time in prayer. Jesus accepted His cup only after spending time in prayer. Your cup will become more bitter the more you drink of it if you don’t spend time with God in prayer to see it as a tool He has given you to help others. Prayer is the only answer to becoming friends with your heartache in life to make it a tool to help others. You can gripe about your cup and still have the bitter taste every time you drink it, or you can ask the LORD for His help in prayer and see how God gives you the grace to make the bitterness of the cup turn into a source of joy by helping others. Only prayer gives you the grace to turn the bitterness of a cup into the source of joy to make it a tool to help others.
My friend, your cup will become the source God uses in your life to be the key to reaching the most people if you will make friends with it. Don’t let the bitterness of your cup ruin God’s ability to use it as a tool in your life to help those in your world to see the power of Christ’s grace and comfort.