To the world, emptiness has a negative connotation connected to its existence. We often attach emptiness to brokenness. When we experience emptiness in our lives, we search out for more. We want to fill that void. We need something to cover that hole. However, you have to experience a shift in perspective in order to see emptiness as God sees it. God sees your emptiness as a chance to anchor you in to His presence. He is giving you a place to remove the load that you are carrying. When you become depleted and have nothing else to give, that becomes a surrendered place where God can step in. We must be emptied in order for the Holy Spirit to use us.
To be made emptied, a purification process must take place. When you empty a cup that is full of water, you must pour the water out in order for the cup to be considered empty. Something must be poured out, stripped or removed before it becomes empty. It is during the process of emptying ourselves, that we discover we are surrendering and pouring back to God. It is during the deep desolation moments in our lives when we see the anointing of God in our very existence. God cannot fully move when you are already filled. You cannot pour into something that is already full. There has to be room created for more.
Creating that space by emptying your cup will become the epitome of what God will make known to you in your life. Emptiness requires you to alleviate yourself to receive what He is pouring into you. Stripping everything that has happened to you to see the purpose that God has in you is needed. Being in a state of emptiness can be challenging. You may feel exposed or vulnerable, nonetheless; those are the perfect conditions for the Holy Spirit to work on your behalf. When you become filled or even experience overflow throughout your everyday life—be the empty vessel. Begin to pour out from your life so that God can pour His love, healing, and wholeness into you. Emptiness reveals to God that you are longing to be filled with His presence.
“Therefore, if anyone cleanses himself from what is dishonorable, he will be a vessel for honorable use, set apart as holy, useful to the master of the house, ready for every good work.” -2 Timothy 2:21
“Then he called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me and for the gospel will save it.” -Mark 8:34-35
“He must become greater; I must become less.” -John 3:30