The God-shaped vacuum

The God-shaped vacuum

By Edwin Darius 

A paraphrase of Blaise Pascal’s work goes like this  “There is a God-shaped vacuum in the heart of every [person] which cannot be filled by any created thing, but only by God the Creator, made known through Jesus Christ.” So many of us try to fill that God-shaped gap with things that end up causing us to feel even more empty and unhappy. It is only Jesus that has the ability to fill that gap. His message is relevant to everyone and meets the basic needs of every human being.
In the gospel of John, I find how Jesus identifies himself very interesting. He says clearly that He is the bread of life, the breath of life, the light of the world and the source of living water. It’s pretty clear to me that we need Him in order to live. There’s nothing like the first time when we encounter Jesus. He is definitely a source of refreshment since He fills our soul with joy, He loves us when we cannot love ourselves and He gives us hope for tomorrow. Hold on, there’s more! He relieves us from the feelings of dissatisfaction caused by the vanities of this world and He grants to our hearts rest and the peace that surpasses all understanding.
After encountering Christ, you’ve got to share His love and grace to others just like the woman at the well did. Ellen White says it best in these words, “Every true disciple is born into the kingdom of God as a missionary. He who drinks of the living water becomes a fountain of life.” (DA 195.2)

 

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