Containers are designed to be filled, that is their created purpose. An empty jar is ready to be filled, but one filled to the brim can receive nothing more. These are not only facts about the things we use in life; they are also descriptions of each of us. We too, are created to be filled. My heart should be filled with love, my mind filled with wisdom, my mouth with words of life and my whole being filled with God’s Spirit. As with any container, if I am filled with the wrong stuff, I cannot receive anything else. So there is a reason I must continually be “emptied out”. If I pour out my heart before God He will fill it. If I dump unnecessary things from my mind it can receive fresh insight. Glorious LORD of the Sabbath, I empty myself before You this day. Pour into me the right stuff by Your infilling Presence.
John Bunyan’s “The Pilgrim's Progress from This World, to That Which Is to Come” is an allegory written while he was imprisoned for his Christian beliefs. Until we reach the Golden Gates of Heaven we must progress in our walk of faith here on earth. Each time I think I understand God’s ways and means He turns the diamond and new facets of His splendor emerge. For the true believer there is no spiking the ball in the end zone on this side of Glory; there is no settling down where we are in this life. Not only am I tolerant of this constantly changing status, I am genuinely thankful for it. I am being pulled toward eternal purpose that I cannot fathom but I instinctively know awaits me. So I’ll keep my shoes on until it’s over. Lord, though I struggle in Your arms, You never let me go. Keep me moving toward Your perfect will. Help me never miss a turn or stop unnecessarily. Keep me progressing toward Your perfect will.