This quote from Brother Lawrence—brimming with truth—summons our attention…
“The presence of God, a subject which in my opinion contains the whole spiritual life and it seems to me that whoever duly practices it will soon become spiritual [close to God]. I know that for the right practice of it, the heart must be empty of all other things; because God will possess the heart alone and as He cannot possess it alone, without emptying it of all besides, so neither can He act there and so do in it what He pleases unless it be left vacant to Him.” Brother Lawrence, Fifth letter
Christianity exclusively is about being in and experiencing God’s presence. When we try to make it more is when it gets complicated. If we practice His presence we will become like Him—sounds easy enough.
Psalm 16:11, You will show me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.
Psalm 16:11 promises; as we practice Gods presence He will direct us to the right path of life, where we will find joy and pleasure.
Everyone wants to be on the right road in life. The glitch for most people is how to first find His presence, then how to live in it. The how is simple, but difficult—it’s free, but costly.
The answer to the How question: A Vacant Heart.
God’s presence longs to inhabit our heart, but first we must make our heart vacant of everything else.
Vacant defined as: To give up possession, or relinquish, to cause to be empty or unoccupied.
Synonyms for vacant are: Available, unfilled, untaken, free, unused and clear.
We are industrious people, always doing something and going somewhere. We know how to get things done. It’s good to be industrious, but when it comes to the presence of God the only thing we have to do is be empty. Be empty so He can fill us. Decrease so He can increase.
If there is no room for Him in our heart and life—then there’s no room—consequently He can’t occupy us.
As Christians we can get really busy doing Christians things, (or not) but in all reality the most important is to live in God’s presence. Life stems from this point. If we are too busy, too occupied, too smart, too hurt, too spiritual, too whatever—to first live in His presence then we are missing the point of life!
Please be encouraged to make your heart vacant for God alone—in His presence you will find His joy and pleasure!
Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.
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