24th July 2012

Is Your Life Full?

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”
Romans 15:13 (NIV)

I have a jar with stones that I have collected on our travels over the years—there is a pebble from Brighton beach, a small piece of marble from Greece, even a rock from Oman.  The container is completely full now and I could not even squeeze one further pebble into it.

Yet if I poured sand into the jar, shaking it gently now and again, I could still put more into my container before it is truly full.

And if I slowly pour a glass of water into the pebbles and sand, we see that it still takes more to really say that it is at capacity!

Our lives can be like that container—very full.  The stones are the big things that fill our days, such as prayer, work, preparing meals, taking our children to school.  These are the priorities of our lives.  Our Christian priorities include putting God first.  Matthew 6:33 says, “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness…”  2 Thessalonians 3:10 tells us that if we don’t work we won’t eat.  And we find in 1 Timothy 5:8 that if we don’t provide for our families we are worse than an unbeliever.

We still fit the small tasks into our lives, such as watching a favourite TV programme, having coffee with a friend, and hobbies such as photography—the sand that fits in between the priorities.  If we put them in first, there is no room for the ‘rocks’, the priorities that anchor us to reality.  And yet, there is an emptiness in our lives if we just go through the motions of prayer and Bible Study, and do not truly include God in our lives, letting him dwell within us throughout every moment.

Have you ever noticed how an ordinary looking pebble, when you get it wet, shines and its colours are brighter and more beautiful?  No matter how busy our lives may be, the Holy Spirit, often represented as water in the Bible, bathes and refreshes everything with which we fill our lives.

Lord, make me a vessel for your Spirit.  Let everything that fills my life be to your glory and shine in this world that needs your light.

Study by Nancy Silcox

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