Oh how we need to be emptied. It’s so easy to be consumed by the selfishness, the ambition, the pride, and all of the “foolish things” we cling to so hard in this world, the things that mean nothing eternally, the things that only distract us from God. Sometimes, when we draw close to God, when we get a few yes’s or “atta boy’s” from Him, we start to think every thought we have, every idea we get, every action we take is blessed by Him. We have an attitude that God is our God and He loves us, therefore He’ll back everything we do. And I’ve learned first hand–more than once–that every “good” idea is not necessarily a “God” idea. When we start to do that, we become our own gods. It’s a slow, stealthy, insidious little attitude that slips up on us, and we’re knee deep in the muck of it before we know it.
Every once in a while, shouldn’t we stop? Take stock of our motives? Sit still for a few minutes and ask ourselves–ask God–who is really driving the car? And then… kneel down and ask Him to empty us, so we can be filled with Him.
I guess today’s question would be… who are you full of? God? Or your own self? It’s quite possible the answer could surprise you, because it sure did surprise me.