Inside-Out Way of Jesus - Part 3


God loves to fill what's empty.

There's a difference between being full and being fulfilled.

Jesus replied with this story: “A man prepared a great feast and sent out many invitations.  When the banquet was ready, he sent his servant to tell the guests, ‘Come, the banquet is ready.’  But they all began making excuses. One said, ‘I have just bought a field and must inspect it. Please excuse me.’  Luke 14:16-18 NLT

"A presumption of emptiness"

Consumerism is the idea that our success and happiness is directly related to our ever-increasing consumption of goods.

Some of us deal with emptiness by living in a constant state of consumption.

Another said, ‘I have just bought five pairs of oxen, and I want to try them out. Please excuse me.’  Luke 14:19 NLT

Another said, ‘I just got married, so I can’t come.’  Luke 14:20 NLT

Thanks, but no thanks.  My cup is full.

 “The servant returned and told his master what they had said. His master was furious and said, ‘Go quickly into the streets and alleys of the town and invite the poor, the crippled, the blind, and the lame.’  After the servant had done this, he reported, ‘There is still room for more.’  So his master said, ‘Go out into the country lanes and behind the hedges and urge anyone you find to come, so that the house will be full.  For none of those I first invited will get even the smallest taste of my banquet.’” Luke 14:21-24 NLT

Don’t be drunk with wine, because that will ruin your life. Instead, be filled with the Holy Spirit.  Ephesians 5:18 NLT

So, how do we do that?

"God, empty me of me so I can be filled with you."