Emptied Out to Be Filled

In the midst of an excellent sermon, our pastor offered a soul-searching statement: “Blessed are they that are not full of themselves, for they can be filled with God’s spirit.”  The Pastor’s “beatitude” immediately captured my attention.

The account of the Prophet Elisha and the Poor Widow in Second Kings came to my mind. In preparation for the incredible miracle of ‘the flow of oil’, we read the following, “Elisha said, “Go around and ask all your neighbors for empty jars. Don’t ask for just a few” (2 Kings 4:3, NIV). Why ‘empty’ vessels?

  • If the jars already held other content, there would not be room to fill the vessel with the precious oil.
  • If there was debris still left in the jars, it could contaminate the pure oil that would be poured in.

The same principle applies to our lives when we seek to be filled with the Holy Spirit. We must empty out anything that is not like God. Only then can we experience the fulness of His spirit. Likewise, if any contaminating residue of sin remains inside, it will spoil the purity of His spirit.

When we accumulate sin and debris in our lives, it diminishes our ability to be filled with the Lord’s spirit. You and I need to be empty so He can fill us. When we are full of ourselves and our sin, we make it impossible for Christ to fill us with His Presence. When all of me is out of the way, then all of God can come in.

The Apostle Paul points to Jesus as our example: Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men” (Philippians 2:6-7, ESV).

There is a time when being empty is a good thing. It allows us to be filled to overflowing with the goodness, grace, and mercy of God. He wouldn’t ask you to empty yourself of self-centered rubble if he didn’t care about the outcome of your life. Be willing to let go of those things that fill you with less than the Lord’s best.

I promise you that the blessings he wants to pour into us will be far better than the junk that so often occupies space in our lives.

“And the disciples were filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit” (Acts 13:52)

~ Brother Roy

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