Monday 21 January 2013
What are these two different vacuums in our lives?
Blaise Pascal, a French scientist, objectively studied the concept of vacuum, invented the syringe and created the hydraulic press. Yet, as a philosopher, he recognised this truth: “There is a God-shaped vacuum in the heart of every man which cannot be filled by any created thing, but only by God, the Creator, made known through Jesus.”
We have a vacuum in our heart which cannot be filled by good things or people. But when we believed in Christ, this inner void was being filled up.
Jesus told the Samaritan woman that the water she drank from the well can only satisfy her physical thirst. She needed to drink of the living water of eternal life that only Jesus could provide; this will quench her spiritual thirst unlike any other type of water (John 4: 13-14).
After receiving Christ, we experienced a dramatic turnaround. We who once followed our fleshly passions and were dead in sin have been delivered from Satan’s stranglehold and empowered to live a life pleasing to God (Ephesians 2:1-6).
But our journey does not end there. Though we know that we have been called to be holy (1 Peter 2:9) and to do good works (Ephesians 2:10), we still have an aching void in our hearts.
It is related to this thing called identity. Doing good works is just the general will of God for believers. We need to know His specific will for our lives — or we might call it our destiny. So we seek to discover God’s purpose and calling for our lives.
God’s plan for our lives dates back to the time we’re in our mother’s womb (Jeremiah 1:5) but all remains dormant until God gives us a revelation of who we are in Him — not just the logos but the rhema word.
When we receive a revelation from God as to who we are in Him, we are on the threshold of fulfilling our destiny.
Are we called to be a teacher, evangelist, pastor, doctor, musician or writer?
Are we called to the marketplace? Have we been called into what is often termed “full-time” ministry?
When we seek Him earnestly, He will show us His plans for our lives:
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart” (Jeremiah 29:11-13).
He is not only willing but able to lead and guide us if we trust in Him:
“I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go;
I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.
Do not be like the horse or the mule,
which have no understanding
but must be controlled by bit and bridle
or they will not come to you” (Psalm 32:8-9).