“Then he said, “Go, borrow vessels from everywhere, from all your neighbors—empty vessels; do not gather just a few. 2 Kings 4:3
It is imperative for God’s elect in the Gospel of God’s Righteousness which constitutes Jesus’ baptism, death and resurrection to know that blessed are the empty. To a carnal mind, it may not make sense but with God less is more and nothing is everything.
In 2 Kings 4:1-6, the prophet says, “go borrow empty vessels and borrow not a few.” How strange it seems to the carnal mind that the answer to the woman’s dilemma did not begin with fullness but with emptiness. The natural mind would immediately begin to look for an overflow or a great supply to deliver her from the adverse situation. Instead God has always been in the business of making something out of nothing. There is nothing that attracts the attention of God like emptiness. Let me introduce three points on ‘blessed emptiness.’
- Blessed Emptiness Is A choice
There is a natural law that states nothing remains empty. It must be filled and it will be filled. Elects ought to recognize that since nothing can remain empty, then we must by deliberate act of our wills choose to be emptied. In our story, we do not know what various things may have filled the many vessels that were borrowed. All we do know is that under God’s command they were of no use to Him until they were first of all empty. Regardless of the condition of the vessel or how it was used, emptiness is an essential criteria. This emptiness we are speaking of is the heart condition. It is an attitude and disposition of the heart that places the entire life before God in total surrender. Only those born of the Gospel of God’s Righteousness have the providence to discern that they are nothing apart from God. It is a life wholly given and sustained by God. John 15:5; John 6:53 Elects are the most valuable to God when they are empty. When elects become nothing, then God can become everything. It is when elects are something that God become nothing. In reality, emptying ourselves is a choice elects must willingly take in order to serve God’s righteousness.
- Blessed Emptiness Will Be Filled
Elects ought to realize that when they empty themselves, God will fill them up. In 1 Sam 15:17 “Samuel said “When you were little in your own eyes, were you not head of the tribes of Israel? Furthermore, there is a story in Judges where God uses emptiness in a very powerful way. In Judges 7:16 “Then he divided the three hundred men into three companies, and he put a trumpet into every man’s hand, with empty pitchers, and torches inside the pitchers.” No swords, spears, knives or even stones were used. Just a trumpet, an empty pitcher and a candle. Judges 7:20 What was it that made the clay pitcher valuable to God’s purpose? It was not their beauty, shape, origin, make or who used it but it became valuable to God’s purpose because they were empty and can be filled by God. More so, the pitcher were breakable. Likewise, elects can only become valuable to God if we can be filled and remain breakable. If we want to get God’s attention, we need to show Him our emptiness, If you want to attract the heart of God, we need to show our brokenness. Elects can never serve God’s higher purposes until they are empty and broken. Contrary to the ways of the world, God does His best with broken things, broken pitchers, broken bread and broken hearts.
- Blessed Emptiness Will Be Filled With God’s Anointing
When elects are empty and ready to be filled, they will be able to house the divine treasure of God.
Elects’ brokenness would allow the light that was inside to be seen, released or exposed to the dark world. Unfortunately, many will not be used for God’s higher purpose because they refused to be emptied and filled by God. Hence, those who refuse to be emptied are not ready to be broken. It is the light inside that must be seen, that is the whole purpose. The sacred treasure, the divine holy anointing that must be manifested. Only emptiness can properly display God’s glory. Many elects have forgotten that our reason for being saved through the Gospel of God’s Righteousness is not to have a better, comfortable, happy life and go to Heaven but to manifest the reality of a resurrected living Savior to the world. A Savior Who has the power to save, deliver, heal, loosen, fill and to set the captives free from the bondage of Satan. The emptiness we are speaking of is the emptying of the self life, a condition that must be maintained by us. As we maintain this condition, we can receive the divine flow of Christ’s life within us and among us. It is what we know as the abiding life in Christ. John 15:5-7; Acts 17:28