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Emptying to Be Full

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  • Ephesians 5:15-18 (NLT) 15  So be careful how you live. Don’t live like fools, but like those who are wise. 16  Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days. 17  Don’t act thoughtlessly, but understand what the Lord wants you to do. 18  Don’t be drunk with wine, because that will ruin your life. Instead, be filled with the Holy Spirit,

The understanding of emptying ourselves in order to be filled up is important in the Christian life. The importance can be seen in the difference between the Sea of Galilee and the Dead Sea in the Holy Land. The two bodies of water are connected by the Jordan River in a direct north-south line along the Great Rift Valley. Clear, sweet water from underground springs flows into the Sea of Galilee. And the Sea of Galilee flows south into the Jordan. Galilee is a gorgeous, active lake, full of life that has sustained fishermen in the region for millennia. The Dead Sea, by contrast, is a shallow, selfish basin with no outlet. It hoards the water that flows into it. Some water evaporates, leaving behind brackish, clouded water so dense that swimmers bob like corks. The whole sea is dead.

When we hoard the gifts of the Holy Spirit we become stagnant.  We are no longer life-giving just life-taking.  Our lives no longer possess the sweet aroma of the Spirit and we miss out on the joy of being used by God to be part of His grand plan unfolding.

Are you being attractive, life giving and fruitful, or are you being a stagnant pond?

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