When I meet someone new I ask the usual questions like Where do you work? Are you in school? Where do you live? Do you have a family? But I also like to ask people Do you have any spiritual beliefs? That simple question has opened the door to many significant conversations – on airplanes, while playing golf, while exercising at the gym.
I’ve asked that question a lot of times. And I’ve found that though most people are interested in spiritual things, their spiritual tanks aren’t even close to being full. Their gauges would register just above empty.
The God-Shaped Vacuum
I agree with St. Augustine who said, “Everlasting God, in whom we live and move and have our being: You have made us for Yourself, and our hearts are restless until they rest in You.”
I believe this life is ultimately not going to make sense until we get connected to God in a personal way. I like the image Paul uses when he prays that his readers would be filled up with “the fullness of God.” (Ephesians 3:19) Jesus had the same thing in mind when He said, “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” (John 10:10)
Too Important to Ignore
If your spiritual gauge is registering anything less than full in your relationship with God, I’d strongly suggest you spend some time reading the Bible so you can begin to understand who God is and what it means to walk with Him. It would also be a great idea to talk to a pastor, a Christian friend, or someone who can help you get this part of your life sorted out. It’s way too important to ignore.
Personally I believe anyone who makes a God-connection through Jesus will never be the same. And that’s a good thing, because God will fill up that empty space inside you that is waiting for Him.
By Dave Gudgel