Could you seek to be emptied this year?

Screen shot 2014-01-06 at 7.54.47 PMHello Sweet Friends, I was reading through Luke the other day, and stopped at Chapter 5 verse 2 caught in a story I have read I'm sure many times. However, this time it spoke differently to my heart, and I wanted to share this thought with you to ponder. A pearl to take into the new year....

 

 One day as Jesus was preaching on the shore of the Sea of Galilee,[a] great crowds pressed in on him to listen to the word of God. He noticed two empty boats at the water’s edge, for the fishermen had left them and were washing their nets. Stepping into one of the boats, Jesus asked Simon,[b] its owner, to push it out into the water. So he sat in the boat and taught the crowds from there.When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Now go out where it is deeper, and let down your nets to catch some fish.”“Master,” Simon replied, “we worked hard all last night and didn’t catch a thing. But if you say so, I’ll let the nets down again.” And this time their nets were so full of fish they began to tear! A shout for help brought their partners in the other boat, and soon both boats were filled with fish and on the verge of sinking. Luke 5:2-7 NLT

Jesus was preaching on the shore when He noticed empty boats. He got in the empty boats to teach them, and when He was finished the boats became full, so full the nets would tear.

And this is what He spoke to my heart .....

There is a need to become empty so that we might be filled.

I think there are many ways to be emptied. We can choose to release what we know needs to go...the things that pull us from our path or purpose.  We know those things. Some harder than others to release, but I am also learning that He has a way of bringing to surface the little things that we might not recognize hinder our walk. Lately, I have been struggling with offense. It is very odd, because last year I felt that I really dealt with offense, and I was even proud of myself through the year at how well I have handled the very things that at once would make me come undone. I think as women, carrying our emotions on our shoulders, it can be easy to take on a spirit of offense unknowingly. So how am I here again in this place of offense when I felt it was something I conquered? When I was sitting with this passage, it made sense that sometimes God brings things to surface so we can recognize and deal with it. Get complete victory over it! It is his way of emptying us so that He can replace it with His fruit. Could it be that rather than becoming offended I could naturally and instinctively show grace or mercy just as Jesus would?

There is a need to empty the very things that keep us from reflecting who He is so that we might be filled!

And sometimes abundance comes after a good lesson has been given.

They fished all day with nothing to show, but when they became empty and sat and partook in His words, He then gave them supernatural provision. Sometimes we see a physical need and we put the spiritual need at the end of our to do list. We work all day with nothing to show, and I think He is showing us here far more than a teaching on a shore, but the importance of partaking in His word first and foremost in our lives. Then the provision comes. Even supernaturally. I remember a friend in sales telling me that he was hesitant to take a week off from work to go to a Christian Conference last summer, but he felt led to go, so he did.  He laughed sharing that it was his best week of the year, and he wasn't even in his territory working, but rather seeking the kingdom. Supernatural provision indeed!

I pray this year is a year of God emptying me of what keeps me from his presence, his wisdom, his abundance or his purpose for my life. I dare you to be emptied with me!

Something to ponder.....

In His Wings, Ro