Empty of Self, Full of God
In John 15:5, Jesus said, “Apart from me you can do nothing.”
When he was a young man, John Wesley wrote to his mother:
My desire is to know and feel that I am nothing, that I have nothing, and that I can do nothing. For whenever I am empty of myself, then know I of a surety that neither friends nor foes, nor any creature, can hinder me from being “filled with all the fullness of God.”
The nothingness Wesley talks about may be the most elusive of all attributes. It defies the very “essence of self” on which so many of us base our identities. Yet when we give ourselves wholly to God, He takes from our meager reserves and gives back from infinity. What a marvelous exchange!
P.R.A.Y. for Today
Praise God for His fullness; Repent of your own fullness of self; Ask Him to fill you with His fullness; Yield to Him by emptying your mind and spirit of every aspect of self.