Christianity 201

June 17, 2013

Filling the Earth

Today’s post is from someone who is a very faithful reader and regular commenter here at C201. Meeting in the Clouds is a great devotional post that you can recommend to a new Christian, a teen, or someone who simply enjoys the power of a great illustration. You are encouraged to read the far more colorful version of today’s post at source, where it appeared as Nature Abhors a Vacuum.

According to the ancient philosopher Aristotle, “Nature abhors a vacuum.” Aristotle’s conclusion was based on his observation that nature requires every space to be filled with something, even if that something is invisible, colorless, and odorless air.

From the humid climate of the tropics to the frigid atmosphere of higher latitudes, a garment of vegetation is seen.  Lichens and mosses grow without soil.  Tiny flowers and herbs spring from cracks in rocks. Beautiful white flowers grow deep in underground coal mines. Arid deserts produce magnificent flowers. Then there are fields of agriculture and giant forests and almost impenetrable jungles.

Nature abhors a vacuum.  God did NOT create the world to be empty. 

Isaiah 45:18
For this is what the Lord says –
He who created the heavens, He is God;
He who fashioned and made the earth, He founded it;
He DID NOT CREATE IT TO BE EMPTY,
but formed it TO BE INHABITED –
He says: “I am the Lord, and there is no other”
  (NIV)

God did not create the earth to be empty.  He created it to bear fruit . . . and God did not create US to be empty.  He created US to BEAR FRUIT.

Ephesians 2:10
For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works,
which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.

John 15:16
You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you,
that you should go and bear fruit.

Colossians 1:10
Walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him,
being fruitful in every good work.

Galatians 6:7-8
Do not be deceived, God is not mocked;
for whatever a man sows, he will also reap.
He who sows to the flesh will of the flesh reap corruption,
but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life

I must ask myself . . .

  • Am I fulfilling His purpose in my life?
  • Am I achieving the “good works” He prepared for me?
  • Am I “bearing fruit” in my life?
  • Am I “sowing to the flesh” or “sowing to the Spirit”?

James 4:17
Therefore, to him who knows to do good, and does not do it, to him it is sin.

Thinking further . . .  In Paul’s letter to the Ephesians, he speaks of being “filled with all the fullness of God”

Ephesians 3:19 (Amplified, emphasis added)
“that you may be filled through all your being

unto all the fullness of God –
that you may have the richest measure of the divine presence,
and become a body
WHOLLY FILLED AND FLOODED with God Himself!”

Wow!  That means there is NO room for me – no ‘I, my, me, mine’ but completely filled with God Himself!

Is it possible?  It wouldn’t be in God’s Word if it wasn’t!

Colossians 3:2-3
Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.
For YOU DIED, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.

1 Corinthians 6:19-20
You are not your own, for you were bought with a price

2 Corinthians 5:17
If anyone is in Christ he is a new creation.
Old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.

2 Comments »

  1. One of the most powerful and deeply meaningful posts that I have seen. Bears pondering.

    Comment by George Hartwell — June 17, 2013 @ 10:58 pm | Reply

  2. Thanks for the reblog.

    Comment by meetingintheclouds — June 18, 2013 @ 5:13 pm | Reply


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