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That He Might Fill All Things

The biblical writers say that Christ ascended “that He might fill all things.”  If He is to fulfill all things, all things are meant to be containers of Him.  You and I can contain God as a Person!   Paul explained this concept masterfully in Col 1, with his pinnacle statement, “To them God chose to make known how great among the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.” (v 27).

 

Norman Grubb explains this mystery this way: The primary function of all creation is receptivity.  Your basic function, and mine, is the same – simply to receive.  Look at the number of times that Bible call us vessels.  Of course if God makes us vessels, His intention is to fill us!  It is hard work to be receptive through.  Often our minds are filled with hundreds of thoughts, deadlines, and obligations.  Two things have proved to be very helpful for me in combating the incessant racing that happens in the mind: listening prayer and breathing.  A few weeks ago I posted a few entries on Centering Prayer. That is the best tool I have found in regards to prayer.  As for breathing, I started with a couple of breathing CD’s a few years ago.  Learning how to breathe has been a very practical help when my mind starts racing out of control.  Breathing helps center me and returns me to a place of receptivity.

 

Oh that we would allow Christ to fill all things!

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