You and I are by nature empty, and we’re mad about it! In our emptiness, we are desperate to fill ourselves, and so we will fill ourselves with just about anything or anyone to answer the pain, the loneliness and the emptiness. We will fill ourselves with that which addicts us, we will fill ourselves with that which breaks the most precious relationships in our lives, we will distract ourselves from the pain of facing our need for God. Sometimes what we need is so obvious it’s not even funny, and we can’t see the forest from all the trees around us.
Some of you know Jesus and you’re still looking , some of you have been exposed to religion of various kinds and church for years and years and you’re still hurting and you’re still depressed and you’re still angry and still messing with addiction and you’re still not nice at home and still ignoring the people around you and your still empty and your bucket is just leaking and leaking.
I do not understand all of the things that have happened to you, I do not understand how parents, in their own pain, can be so mean to their own children and sometimes fill them with hell itself. Some of you are still living with those voices echoing in your head so loudly and all of these voices just add to the emptiness and makes us more desperate to be filled, and so we run from person to person, we run from thing to thing, we run to keep our lives so busy that we can’t feel a thing; we just want an anesthetic to make us numb.
The fulfillment of your life will not be found in a man or a woman, not money or possessions, not the opinions of other people or some accomplishment of this vision that you self created for your life. The fulfillment of your life can only be found in one person; Jesus. That deep unsatisfied sense that is in each of us, is our longing for God. It is the longing to connect with life as it was meant to be in Eden. It is a longing for life as we want it to be in Heaven, but we are here and now in this imperfect, pain filled world, and God wants to answer that by filling our days with His love.
I believe with all of my heart, that the reason everything had to happen in the Old Testament as it did, was so that as we move into the New Testament, Jesus could fill the world’s emptiness with the creator’s love. So that at the right time, in the right way, God could fill all of the emptiness in the world with His love, so that we could be called back to our creator and to the very origins of our soul. Jesus fulfilled everything in scripture, to ‘fill full’ everything in you, and to fill you with the purpose of your creation (Isaiah 53).
Your emptiness has an end, and it ends in Jesus Christ, the moment that you believe and begin the journey in following Christ, God begins the process of filling you with all the fullness of Himself and bringing together all the brokenness of your life. So here’s the question, same old same old? Business as usual? Or a life of radical filling by the son of God who filled all the pages of scripture of himself so that He could fill every day of your life with Himself as well. This is Brilliant! –Dr. Drew Shofner