Is glass half full or half empty? They say your answer depends on your outlook on life. But as Christians our life does not depend on us or on our outlook on life. Our cup is always full. Because our life depends on God and the Holy Spirit fills the portion that is empty.
John the Baptist leads the way: “He must increase, but I must decrease.” (John 3:30, AMP) The less we are, the more prominent place God has in us. The emptier we become, the more room God has to work in and through us.
Our goal in life is not to become so independent that we would not need God. Instead our goal is to become less and let God take over our lives. The less we are, the more God can use us.
Indeed, I have been crucified with Christ. My ego is no longer central. It is no longer important that I appear righteous before you or have your good opinion, and I am no longer driven to impress God. Christ lives in me. The life you see me living is not “mine,” but it is lived by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. (Gal.2:20, MSG)
When we have died to ourselves, we can be raised up with Christ.
When we have been reduced to nothing, we are ready to be filled with God.
When we are empty of ourselves, we can truly be fulfilled in the Holy Spirit.
Hence the aim of spiritual growth is not to become independent of God. Instead our aim is to be fully intertwined with God. A truly spiritual person knows s/he is fully dependent on God in everything. We will never graduate from spiritual formation. We will always need God. We will always be dependent on God’s grace.
We’re depending on God;
he’s everything we need.
What’s more, our hearts brim with joy
since we’ve taken for our own his holy name.
Love us, God, with all you’ve got—
that’s what we’re depending on.
(Psalm 33: 20-22, MSG)
This diminishing process can be scary, because we might think we are loosing our touch as we become less. But when you find yourself reduced to nothing, there is only one thing to do: praise God. When we praise God in our emptiness, amazing things start happening. When we praise God, our emptiness is filled with the Holy Spirit. And our cup runs over.
May you increase and we decrease.
Enable us to let go of the pretense
that we could do it on our own.
Be with us as we become nothing.
We depend on your love and grace!
Come and fill us with your Spirit!
May our hearts brim with joy!
In Jesus’ name,
Q4U: Is your class half full or half empty? Or is it fulfilled with the Spirit?
Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim, as you decrease and Christ increases in you!Pin It