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Filling an Empty Vessel

Philippians 2:7-8

7 Instead He emptied Himself by assuming the form of a slave, taking on the likeness of men. And when He had come as a man in His external form, 8 He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death—even to death on a cross.

One of the most spectacular aspects of the incarnation is how far Christ lower Himself to rescue humanity. Kenosis is the term indicating that Christ "emptied" Himself. Please observe how far Christ emptied Himself into the "flesh of a human." Jesus lower Himself from being a prince to being a pauper. He took on the flesh on mankind (incarnation) which meant He would be physically limited. Jesus humbly submitted Himself to death and not just death, but the humiliation of the cross.

Oh, how can we ever doubt that Jesus loves us, as we view the price He paid and the glory He voluntarily shed. What can we glean from this theological doctrine? First, if it was important for Christ to empty Himself, believers need to consistently empty themselves of the world and be filled with the Word. Second, as John the Baptist proclaimed about Jesus "He must become greater; I must become less” (John 3:30). Finally, We need to decrease depending on ourselves and we move to depend more on the Lord.

My daddy always told me "It's easier to keep your car full of gas rather than running it until the tank is empty." I'm not sure I fully grasped his meaning, but I do know that when people keep running their lives without refilling, their life vehicle stops. Another story, my wife and I had an older car whose gas gauge stopped working. To replace the gauge would have cost several hundred dollars which we didn't have. So, we knew the car would go at least 200 miles before it needed gas. When the milage got close to 200 miles we stopped and filled up the car. We were very careful to watch that gauge.

In our human journey, we never know when we will run out of gas. So, the logical response is to keep our life filled to the brim. But how do we fill our lives daily.

1. Trust Jesus Christ personally

2. Pray consistently

3. Read and study the Bible

4. Forgive people who hurt you

5. Confess your sins and be filled with the Holy Spirt

Through faith the Holy Spirit brings the fullness of Jesus into our lives. But, to receive strength for our life journey, we need the regular refilling of the Holy Spirit. My advice as a sojourner, on the road of life, is for us to be less dependent of ourselves and more dependent on the Lord. And when you think you can take a chance on how many miles more you can go with the gas you have in your tank. Remember, it's better to keep the tank full, than taking the chance on running on empty. This Sunday pull into the church and attend. It's a full service station.

Just Sayin' By Dr. Jim Shaw