We are filled to the top, bubbling over the edge, overflowing… and yet completely empty.
We were created as empty vessels, earthen vessels. People that by our very nature require use: the filling and emptying is the necessity of our being.
And yet we have run from the ache of empty.
We want our own way, to be masters of our own destiny. To choose our filling. And so HE HAS LEFT US TO OUR OWN DEVICES and WE ARE STUFFED FULL of everything BUT HIM.
Filled and overflowing with information, news, education, social media, food, plans, money, our own self interests, self-awareness, activity, work, schedules, games, church, movies, comfort, and pleasure.
We are so FILLED so STUFFED -so ADDICTED – we don’t feel hunger anymore.
WE NEED TO BE HUNGRY, we need to want, to be without, to be dependant again on our source. Because hunger must exist first before true filling can begin. And the hunger that aches is the birthplace of real, true, unshakable faith. Without the hunger we are just full, numb, and useless.
And so where do we go? How do we begin to hunger again for the things that really satisfy? To be used up, poured out, and live for WHAT WE WERE CREATED TO DO.
TO BE THE VESSEL OF USE WE WERE MADE TO BE?
WE MUST FIRST BE EMPTIED.
We must empty all that is filling us that is not of Him. It is not that what currently fills us is inherently bad, it is just not what we were made to hold.
We were made for Him, for His crafting, measuring, making, using, pouring, forming…
We were made not just to hold, but to Behold.
And as we behold Him: His book, His presence, His word, His worship – We will be finally satisfied. He will wash us and pour into us the life-giving water we were meant to hold, to give, and overflow with.
It will clean, refresh, and give us back the privilege of living for the end, for the “well done good and faithful one”.
It will restore and set right and make new.
It will FILL wholly and SATISFY completely, but first we have to be willing to enter the empty. Embracing our purpose of Another’s use and for Another’s glory. To turn off the world loud and turn on the still and quiet Him.
The Him that fills only where there is room to ebb and flow. The river wild is always moving, searching for a life to pour into. Bending often lower and lower into cisterns deep and dark because they are there empty and waiting to be filled.
He is pouring himself out every minute of every day, the question is, “Is there room for His life giving water to flow?”
Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, ‘From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.’” John 7:37-38