Have you ever found yourself trying to fill the emptiness within, with the emptiness in the world? I have found myself there more often than I’d like to admit. And every time, I am reminded that empty can’t fill empty. Only fullness can fill emptiness.
When we seek to fill our emptiness with the emptiness offered by the kingdom of this world, sure, we might feel full for a moment, or a day, or even a week, but the end result is always the same, emptiness. So we go back for more and repeat the vicious cycle, and too often, we are worse off at the end of each cycle. Are you are in such a cycle? Do you desire to be set free?
Jesus came to this earth to set you free. (Luke 4:18) And once He sets you free, you are free to receive His fullness. One day when He was teaching He said, “I have come that they might have life, and have it to the full.” (John 10:10)
There is a lie about being filled that we too often listen to, and there is secret we need to understand if we are going to truly be filled. The lie goes something like this, “If I turn to Jesus, look at everything I have to give up.” But it’s a lie. The truth is that when you turn to Jesus, you only give up what you already know to be empty. Here is the secret that the lie wants to hide from you, when you turn to Jesus, you no longer have to try to fill empty with empty, because He freely pours out His fullness into your life.
Many times empty pursuits are actually good things, like a good career, a nice home, food to eat, and clothes to wear. Even though these are all good, they become empty when they become the focus. When such things are the focus, we become consumed with them, and we worry about them, which leads us to take our eyes off of Jesus. My friends, anything we do in life that takes our focus off of Jesus, is empty.
So what should we do? One day, when Jesus was teaching about the emptiness that earthly treasures offer, and our basic needs of food, and water, and shelter, He concluded His remarks with this instruction. “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” (Matthew 6:33). “All these things,” sounds like fullness to me. Let us lay down out empty pursuits in the kingdom of this world and seek first the Kingdom of God.