Fight the Emptiness
Jesus said to him, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell what you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.” But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions.
Matthew 19:21-22 (NKJV)
It’s amazing to me how much space emptiness can fill in our lives.
But life in Jesus Christ is not about living an empty existence. Your relationship with Jesus is defined by fullness and peace and joy and inner alignment and blessing and elevation and success and exposure. The Lord doesn’t fill your life with such blessings and enjoyment for you to then walk around feeling empty.
Jesus wants you to be healthy and whole and happy. He’s able to keep you connected and to make you successful. He’s able to entrust you with prosperity. He’s able to bless your temporal life. Jesus wants you to be holy. He wants you to propel. He wants you to excel. Jesus doesn’t want you to live an empty life.
The blessing of walking with the Lord is that He will encourage you, He will challenge you, and if necessary, He will push you to address the emptiness that occupies way too much space in your life.
For the rich young ruler, it was clear that he was too closely attached to his riches. They defined who he was in his own estimation. But if you were to stand in the place where the rich young ruler stood, what would the Lord bring front and center about your life?
I want to get you fired up about putting up a resistance against accepting a life of emptiness. I want you to want more than that. Don’t just accept the relentless grip of emptiness without at least putting up a fight. Don’t let emptiness have any time or attention in your life.
Fight it, defy it, resist it. Strike back against it. Stand up to it.