“It is said that nature abhors a vacuum; I tell you God abhors a vacuum and cannot abide a vacuum anywhere on earth. So empty yourself of self and you automatically fill with God.” Meister Eckhart, 14th century mystic
“By nature’s law, there can’t be a void. There is no void in the universe. Something rushes in to fill a void. So if you’re willing to let go of a defect, the void it leaves is going to be filled by its opposite.” Joe McQ, The Steps We Took
Jesus’ moment of glory came when He died on the cross and emptied himself completely (Matt. 26:28). The Apostle Paul talked about being poured out as a drink offering and emptying himself for others (2 Tim 4:6). Most of my life I tried to grasp at God, to fill with God through my own efforts; it’s like trying to catch smoke. The quotes above hold the key to a truth I’ve missed all my life: I cannot fill myself with God, I can only let Him in. But I can’t let Him into my heart and soul if I am filled with my Self.
I often worry that if I give up my character defects and my obsession with my Self, there will be nothing left. However, as Joe McQ and Meister Eckhart point out, God abhors a vacuum: There isn’t a void in the universe which is not immediately refilled. These men claim that if I give up my Self, there won’t be a vacuum left where my fear, selfishness, and pride were; I won’t be walking around like a Recovery Zombie with no soul to speak of. Rather, in place of my fear, selfishness and pride God will substitute courage, generosity and humility. I can stop trying to figure out how to be courageous, generous, and humble (a tremendous challenge!); God will take care of filling me with those qualities. What I need to do is focus on clearing the garbage out of my heart to make room for Him. This is so different from the ‘self-help’ mumbo-jumbo I’ve heard before!
God will work as fast as I am willing to go. The slower I clear away space in my heart, the slower God will fill me with the fruits of His Spirit. Conversely, if I fully surrender to him and sacrifice my Self, God will quickly fill me with the qualities I wish I possessed. I sincerely hope I can begin surrendering my Self and let God begin working in me.
Will you sacrifice your Self and let God begin a work in you?