Yesterday I was doing my morning prayer and Bible Study before the kids woke up. I asked the Lord to fill me again. He responded with, “I can’t fill you up until you’re empty.” I said, “Lord, empty me then and fill me again. He said, “You have to empty yourself.” Then He explained it like this: You don’t fill up your oil tank without emptying it first, and you don’t use both synthetic (premium) and conventional oil. If you do, it will mix and be bad. I looked it up, and sure enough, if you mix synthetic with conventional oil, the additives could mix and one could destabilize the other and you’d lose the benefits of the premium oil.
“And no one pours new wine into old wineskins. Otherwise, the new wine will burst the skins; the wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined. No, new wine must be poured into new wineskins.”Luke 5:37-38
God wants us to empty ourselves completely of our filthy oil so He can fill us anew with His premium oil. Is it time for an oil change for you, too?
This morning on my way to work, this phrase came up in my mind with another example: Make room for God. He showed me emptying a drawer in a dresser, and then showed me decluttering my whole house, emptying it of everything inside. Which do you think is worthy of the Lord? Do we simply make a little spot for Jesus? Have we set aside a drawer for Jesus to put His “things” in?
God is a jealous God. He is a consuming fire. He wants all or nothing. The King of Kings will not inhabit a drawer in our heart. He wants to take over ownership of the whole house and simply make us the manager of it, knowing He will come back again for what is His and give according to what we’ve done with His possession (us).
There are things we still have in our “house” that still need to be purged. We hoard things: thoughts, feelings, unforgiveness, guilt, fears, and even our dreams in the recesses of our minds. We must give those things over to God completely, as hard as some of those things are to let go of. We’ve got to empty ourselves of all of it.
What’s wonderful about the Lord is once we ask Him to abide with us and bring salvation, He comes in and helps us declutter. He, through the Holy Spirit, brings things up in our mind and say, “I want you to get rid of this,” or, “I want this. Will you give it to me?”, and sometimes, “I can’t live here with this; either get rid of it or I cannot stay.” Then we have a choice. Each time we choose, it is for Him or against Him. There is no in-between, no excuse or past hurt that can justify our keeping that which He has required of us.
Have you held back? Have you given the Lord a drawer, or even most of the house of your heart, but not all of it? Take a moment now and give those things over to Him while you still can. Empty yourself of everything, give it all over to Him, and then give Him the keys.
You can live in HIS heart as a servant of His righteousness. He will be your friend who sticks closer than a brother and will guide you into all truth, but you must keep your house clean and up to HIs standards. The rules of the house are simple: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength, and love your neighbor as yourself.”
Make room for Jesus today.
Prayer: Father, forgive me for thinking I could live my life with you as a visitor or a house guest with a drawer for Your things. I’m sorry for being a lukewarm Christian at times. I want to empty myself so You can fill me again, but I need Your help. Holy Spirit, convict me of my sin and my hoarding of those things I’m still holding on to. Help me to let go of the past and press on toward my future with You as the owner and Master of my heart. I submit to You. Search me and know me; go through my heart and help me give You the things I’ve held back from You. Forgive me for idolizing those things, for being prideful and thinking I could keep them and still have You. I choose You, Jesus. Nothing I have is more important. Thank You for Your grace and patience with me, and Your great love for me. In Jesus’s name, Amen.