A single teardrop

Published 10:43 pm Friday, March 7, 2014

By Chris Surber

Crushed by the call of God, I sat with tears welling and my soul flooding with spiritual anguish. After a while sitting in my study with my face in my hands, I removed my hands, took a breath and noticed a single teardrop on my desk.

I am at once thrilled and overwhelmed at the plan of God for the next season of the life of my family.


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Have you ever felt that way? Perhaps you felt it in the ninth month of pregnancy. Maybe you can relate by recalling how you felt upon accepting a new job that held the possibility of a better life for your family, but you weren’t sure how it would go?

All I have to give is a single life poured out as an offering to God. I hope it pleases God. I hope God uses my offering for His glory. I trust that, through it, He may quench the thirst of a few parched souls in this arid world.

All I have to offer God is a life poured out as an offering. In the grand scheme of things, my life is little more than one teardrop in a sea of tears of passion and pain, poured out before God. All I have is one drop to add to that sea.

All you have is one drop to pour out. What will you pour it out for? Will it be a tear shed out of passion for vain selfish pursuits? Will it be a tear poured out in pain and sorrow and regret at the end of a life lived selfishly and unlovingly?

All we have is one drop to pour out; one life to live out. Pour it out for God’s glory, which, by the way, is also a pathway to our purest joy! When we pour out life in obedience to God, we are freed to trust Him with all the results. Our ambitions fade away, and in the process anxiety and fear leave, too.

This is perhaps my favorite passage of the Scripture in the entire Bible. “Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself.” (1 Corinthians 6:19 NLT)

The water hose knows only the pressure of the water passing through it. It is neither responsible for the origin of the water nor the destination. It is a conduit; nothing more. It is free. The same is true of us when we become a conduit of God’s refreshing water in the world.

We’ve got one tear to shed, one life to pour out. Make it count for God.

Chris Surber is pastor of Cypress Chapel Christian Church in Suffolk. Visit his website at www.chrissurber.com.