OK, in today’s post I want to touch on the most important reason we are called to embrace the gift of need. If you take care of yourself, filling all the empty spaces of need, there is no room for Light. Need is the container of Light.
I am the Light of the world;
he who follows Me will not walk in darkness
but will have the Light of life.
John 8:12 NASB
My Need: Formless and Void
The greater my need, the greater my capacity to display the Light of life. If I do not have an insatiable need, I will never have a tremendous anointing. Christ the Light will elude me because I refuse to be empty long enough for Him to come in. Only when I am empty can I be filled with Light.
We have been created as a vessel – simple, hulled out and void, from eternity past, since Adam. A vessel is what we are. When we refuse to be emptied of self, we delude ourselves. Self attempts to be light but there is only One Light. We must be empty and wait for His filling.
Avoiding Being Formless and Void
Unfortunately, some would rather delude themselves with false light than face the truth that we are destitute without Him. This false light is simply manufacturing strange fire. It’s settling for mere form rather than the manifest presence of God. It is scary to face the fact that we are utterly dependent.
“What if God fails to come and I am left desperate and alone? What if it doesn’t bring me glory and accolades? What if it is a waste of my life? What if He comes and everything that I’ve propped up as Light is exposed as darkness?”
The pride of false fullness satisfies only momentarily. There we are, thinking we’re the light but remaining in darkness. And why the darkness? When we think we are the source of light rather than the container, then the light in us IS darkness.
But if your eyes are bad,
your whole body will be full of darkness.
If then the light within you is darkness,
how great is that darkness!
Humility of Formless and Void
If we remain in humility, He will reward our need with Himself. The neediest will be the richest. The one who is open to receive, will be filled full. In this place of void, Light will multiply to infinity.
All that we know began on this earth when it was formless and void. As the Spirit hovered over the nothingness, God created Light. This is how it will be with the void in our lives that we choose not to fill.
That same creative miracle is performed each and every day in the child of God willing to wait, dependent on Him. The presence of Christ our Light increases exponentially.
Lift up your eyes, your Redeemer has come. You have been released from the burden of performance and the weight of self-expectation. He desires to be your life and Light.
In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men.
John 1:4 NASB