Jesus wants to fill me up. The entry from my reading in Jesus Calling a few days ago reminded me that sometimes, in order to make room for Himself inside the worries and cares that crowd into this human vessel known as me, Jesus has to carve out the room He needs to fill me up with His Spirit.
Like a pumpkin full of stringy guts and hundreds of seeds, the inside of me can easily fill with ideas and concerns that take me away from God instead of drawing me closer to Him. When I worry about the treasures of this earth instead of the valuables from a heavenly perspective, I take myself farther away from God.
Often, nothing clears up the proper priority of things better than crisis. In crisis, we realize how little in importance are worries such as having new carpets for the relatives visiting this holiday season or how the prices on everything keep rising so that we can afford fewer luxuries.
Think back on your absolute worst times. Did you not turn to God then, asking Him for help and peace? These troubling times have a way of narrowing our focus back on God and the importance of a heavenly perspective. Like a Jack-O-Lantern artist preparing a pumpkin for display, sometimes Jesus has to scrape out the mush that gets in the way of putting Him first to make room for His Spirit inside our murky souls.
Why is space for Jesus to fill us so important? Maybe it is to make room for the light, the love of Christ that Jesus tells us should not be hidden but rather displayed for all to see. Like the candle burning brightly through the smiling face of a Jack-O-Lantern on a dark October night, we Christians can shine the light of God’s love every day.
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. (Romans 15:13)
Through the challenges of this holiday season, let Jesus make room to fill you up with His joy and peace so that His light in you shines bright no matter how dark the shadows around you.