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Oct 18, 2009

Please Empty Me

When short on time, as I run out the door for my long commute to work, I will leave a note on the dishwasher that reads “Please empty me”. With the note my husband (sometimes even my daughter) will empty the clean stuff out and begin to place dirty dishes in. I love it when that happens! Seems though, this only happens when I ask. Without making the request I will return home to find the dishwasher filled with clean dishes and the sink filled with dirty dishes from the day because there was no where for them to go. Our lives are often like that of the dishwasher. Sin leaves us filled up with things counter to God – dirty, stained, and impure. Through the grace of Jesus Christ we ask for forgiveness so we can be emptied out and filled with the Holy Spirit. If you don’t ask, your life remains filled with the wrong things and too crowded for God to enter in.

So what about you? Are you so full of the world, or so full of your self, that you have no room and desire for God? Are you stuffing in more and more resentment, hurt, anger and fear than you can hold so you feel like you are about to blow up or give up? Is your heart, and your head, in the place where you can ask God to intervene in your life or are you too filled up with selfish pride to bow a knee to your Creator? God gave His only Son Jesus Christ to die on a cross for you. He has paid the price so that you can be emptied of your sinful nature and become a vessel that is filled with His Holy Spirit. He loves you so much that He asks nothing in return except that you accept the gift of His love by asking for forgiveness for your sins and accept Jesus Christ into your heart. It is then that you will be filled up with the love of Christ and will be able to smile and say “Thanks LORD for emptying me and filling me up with you.”

“Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water.” Hebrews 10:19-22

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