What is it that fills you up? What is the contents of your life?
Romans 1:28-32 gives us a good idea of what we are most probably filled with. v29 says “being filled with all unrighteousness…” At the core, unrighteousness is being outside of God’s will, and the root of all sin is pride, self. (I touched on this briefly in this post.) In other words, we are full of ourselves. This is not a good thing, this is not what God intended. Ephesians 3:19 tells us that we should be full of the fullness of God.
How does one go about being filled with the fullness of God? I do not want to go into that now, because that is step 2. Step 1 should be obvious.
You cannot be filled unless you are first emptied. If you are helping a friend move, you do not show up with a truck full of gravel. “OK, I brought the truck, fill’er up!” Your friend will laugh (if they are in a good mood). Neither should we come to God asking to be filled when we are already full of ourself.
When I got married, I learned that I was really very selfish. There were a lot of new demands on my time and attention to which I was not accustomed. It forced me to let go of some things and to grow. Then we had a baby and I learned I was still a selfish jerk. A whole new set of demands were thrust upon me to satisfy on the baby’s timetable and not mine. I grew because of it. Then we had another baby, and guess what, I had improved, but I was still a selfish dolt.
What is the point of all this family talk? Well, to show that as I released some of my claims to myself, I was able to grow, and be filled up with something other than myself.
In the last post, I pointed out that we have no right to anything.
Scripture makes it clear that we should not be living for ourselves (2 Corinthians 5:15, 1 Corinthians 10:24-27). In fact, it sets up Christ as the example:
Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. Philippians 2:5-8
God has a calling for you. What is standing in the way of Him accomplishing that calling in you? Let go, dump out the truck. Be filled with Him.