“…Now I was cupbearer to the king.” Nehemiah 1:11b
What a privilege to hold such an honorable position: Cupbearer to the King.
Job description #1: The cupbearer will stand in the presence of the king, and refill the wine cups of those who attend his feasts.
This is the same great privilege that you and I are given: to be in the presence of our King, Jesus Christ, at his side and at his service. To refill the empty cups of those who sit at the King’s table, to share the King’s wine with everyone who has been invited into his presence. What a beautiful picture of ministry within the church. You and I can sit by Jesus’ side, take hold of his wine; his blood poured out for us on the cross, and share it with our brothers and sisters when their cups feel empty.
To pour into someone else’s cup, we must be willing to pour out our lives.
“Even if I am to be poured out as a drink offering upon the sacrificial offering of your faith, I am glad and rejoice with you all.” Philippians 2:17
Job description #2: The loyal cupbearer will taste the king’s wine before it is handed to the king, for the king’s protection in the case that it may be spoiled or poisoned.
The duty of the cupbearer requires a willingness to possibly give one’s life for the sake of the king. Just as our King was willing to give his life for us. As Jesus prepared to go to the cross, to shed his blood and lay his life down for us, he prayed these words to the Father:
“Father if you are willing, take this cup from me, yet not my will, but yours be done.” Luke 22:42
Jesus was ready to bear the cup that was given to him, according to the Father’s will. He was the cupbearer first. What about you? What cup are you being asked to bear? What sacrifice are you being asked to make for the sake of our King?