A God-sized hole in our hearts? Sounds dangerous. Come to find out, it is!
11 And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. 12 Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life. 1 John 5:11-12
You may have heard of the illustration of the God-sized hole in our hearts that only Jesus can fill. It is actually a paraphrase of a quote from a Christian long ago:
“There is a God-shaped vacuum in the heart of each man
which cannot be satisfied by any created thing but only by God the Creator,
made known through Jesus Christ.”
–Blaise Pascal, 1623-1662
As we consider our lives, let’s do so from the standpoint of being incomplete. The way I understand things, when Adam and Eve sinned, they broke the fellowship they had with God, which killed them spiritually, in that the place that the Holy Spirit held in their lives was given to another. In doing so, a figurative hole was left in their lives.
When we are born, we are born with the same “hole” in our lives. We try to fill it with all kinds of things, but mostly we fill it with ourselves. It is not until the Holy Spirit shows us that HE is the One who can fill that hole in our relationship with God. That Spirit is the Spirit of Christ,
18 And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit. 2 Corinthians 3:18
Our awareness of something missing in our lives is the Holy Spirit opening our spiritual eyes to the fact that we are incomplete. We need Jesus. So, every morning when I get up, I have two verses that I use to help me be consciously aware of my need for Him in my life, and I consciously ask Him to take control and fill me:
23 Search me, God, and know my heart;
test me and know my anxious thoughts.
24 See if there is any offensive way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting.
David, Psalm 139:23-24
23 Yet I am always with you;
you hold me by my right hand.
24 You guide me with your counsel,
and afterward you will take me into glory.
Asaph, Psalm 73:23-24
We had a Christmas card one time that had a Christmas tree on the front. The card folded out three or four times showing the tree with fewer and fewer needles until we could see the bare bones of the tree. The caption read something like this:
When all is stripped away
and all the tinsel removed
We see the true meaning of Christmas.
The “bare bones” of the tree was a cross. Each day, may we ask the Lord Jesus to strip away all the “tinsel” from our lives so that we can see what is truly needed: Jesus. He died and rose again so that we could be reunited with Him in fellowship. Our relationship with Christ IS our salvation. HE fills the God shaped vacuum in our hearts and satisfies us as nothing nor anyone else can.
Abba, I cannot live my life successfully without You. In fact, life would be dismal and miserable. You are my life and my joy. I want to finish this life with You. You lead, I will follow. Amen.