Empty Vessels

This afternoon I looked up the definitions for the word empty. Would you like to know what I found?

Empty – containing nothing; not filled or occupied

having no meaning or likelihood of fulfillment; insincere

having no value or purpose

emotionally exhausted

 

So many today talk about the emptiness, the void that fills them. Even believers in Christ admit to experiencing bouts of emptiness. Whether it be their brain or their heart, something or other just doesn’t feel right inside of them. They profess that they feel nothing.

Emptiness is a profound feeling, but by its definition it doesn’t seem like there should be a feeling at all. It’s emptiness after all. Why do human beings feel emptiness if emptiness is supposed to mean that nothing is there? Hmm???

Can you define the feeling of emptiness?

Think of an empty jar. In fact, go find an empty jar in your house and look inside of it. What’s in there?

Nothing?

Nothing. That’s right because emptiness is = to nothing.

So why on earth do human beings even believers in Jesus Christ experience the most profound feeling of emptiness?

Because we are meant to be filled.

We are meant to have something inside of us. We were created to long for purpose, meaning, reason. We were created to desire fulfillment, but too few of us actually ever discover the way to have that void filled.

God created us to be vessels for Him. Often in the scriptures, God refers to Himself as the potter and we are as the clay. We are in His hands, and He is shaping us and molding us so that we can hold His spirit inside of us. But too many of us experience this void and miss this purpose of His shaping.

In the Father’s hands, we are meant to be clay and He is slowly shaping us into vessels, into jars for him. We are meant to be a container for Him. The problem with many Christians is that our vessels are empty or broken. We don’t treat our vessels like the jewels that they are. We practice no discipline toward our body, rather we let our vessel call all of the shots. We allow it to run wild sending us spiraling downward. We end up broken, alone, confused, and empty, and then we wonder why.

 

God can take your broken, empty vessel and turn it into a vessel filled with Him and ready for His use.

 

So I went down to the potter’s house, and there he was working at his wheel. And the vessel he was making of clay was spoiled in the potter’s hand, and he reworked it into another vessel, as it seemed good to the potter to do. – Jeremiah 18:3-4

 

Further down in Jeremiah 18:6b, God declares, “Behold, like the clay in the potter’s hand, so are you in my hand…”

 

If we are broken, God can take us into His hands and mold us and shape us until we are good as new. A broken vessel must be fixed before it can be filled. A jar with a crack down its side is no good for holding water. If you feel it up and try to carry it, the water will leak out everywhere. We are the same way. If there are cracks in our vessel from sin, poor choices, or unbelief, we cannot hold our full capacity. We cannot work to our full potential. We end up feeling empty…

 

We have to cry out for the Father to mend us. But now, O Lord, you are our Father, we are the clay, and you are our potter, we are all the work of your hand. – Isaiah 64:8

 

We must carry Christ inside of us when persecution and distress come towards us, we must cling towards His Holy Spirit within us.

 

The emptiness within us is darkness and Christ and His spirit is the answer to that darkness.

 

For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us. – 2 Corinthians 4:6-7

 

God shines the light into the darkness, God fills our emptiness with His spirit. God is always the answer, but we must choose Him for the answer. We must choose to allow Him to mold us in whatever direction He wills to take us. Nothing can fill the emptiness but Jesus Christ. The only relief from the emptiness is Jesus Christ.

 

so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith – that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. – Ephesians 3:19

 

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope. – Romans 15:13

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