I have been thinking about two bedrooms in my home that sit empty. They are nice bedrooms. One is a master bedroom with a large walk in closet and the other is smaller but very nice too. The other day it occurred to me that they were
I have never really thought about these rooms like that before. It was just something I owned that sat there unused. For some reason, though, it struck me that there is a lot of “wasted space” in my life.
I thought to myself,
“Wow, there are people out in the world, fellow Christians and unbelievers alike, that have no home or are living in terrible situations to whom my wasted space would mean the world.”
I wondered why I many people, like me, have so much wasted space when there is such a need in other peoples lives. Why do we have three car garages when only two adults live in the home? Why do we have boats and motor homes that sit idle except for the occasional use? Why do we have so much stuff that we have to rent storage space and pay fees by the month?
Here is a truth,
“Wasted space in the natural world is a manifestation of the wasted space in our hearts.”
We all have excess capacity in our hearts to love one another that we never use. Like my unused rooms, it sits there idle and empty because we dare not share it with others. Though we have the capacity to do so much more, to love so much more, we horde and keep what we have to ourselves because we fear to open up to others.
“Give to every man that asketh of thee; and of him that taketh away thy goods ask them not again. And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise.”
Jesus always had enough. I believe that this was because Jesus loved fully and was able to share everything he had with anyone because there was not wasted space, no excess capacity in His heart. Thus, to our Lord, it seemed natural to give to every man that asked.
Admittedly, I don’t even understand Christ’s mentality. I am standing on my spiritual tippy-toes to try to get a glimpse of the type of the type of thinking that Jesus was talking about in that scripture. I must admit that I struggle to imagine such generosity borne of complete and utter security in God.
When I consider why I and others have wasted space I do believe that some of the root causes of this is fear, insecurity, and pride. We fear not having enough. We are insecure and wonder if our Father can and will take care of us if we do not make sure that we have more than enough to meet our daily needs. Our pride makes us want to acquire the things of this world that make us appear to be doing “well.”
The truth is that within the Christian church there are billions and billions of dollars of wasted space. Some christian believers literally sleep in their cars or homeless shelters while multi million dollar sanctuaries stand empty much of the week. It is funny that they are called sanctuaries while night watchmen stand guard to keep people out. This is but another manifestation of wasted space in the natural realm that reflects the wasted space in our hearts.
Having all things in common, which is the antidote for wasted space, took place once in the churches history because the condition to have all things in common was present: Divine Love. When God filled the first century believers with His nature, which is Divine Love, there was now no more wasted space in their hearts and therefore no wasted space in their lives. For a brief, glorious moment, the body of Christ functioned as God intended at it liberated so much wealth and prosperity that no one lacked and the work of God was more than provided for. It is written,
“And the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and of one soul: neither said any of them that ought of the things which he possessed was his own; but they had all things common. And with great power gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus: and great grace was upon them all. Neither was there any among them that lacked: for as many as were possessors of lands or houses sold them, and brought the prices of the things that were sold, And laid them down at the apostles’ feet: and distribution was made unto every man according as he had need.”
This amazing outpouring of generosity was simply the outflow or result of the move of Divine Love that took place among God’s people. Suddenly, in the light of God presence, priorities were realigned, perspectives changed, insecurities banished, and everyone suddenly found that they had more than enough to do the work of God. What had been lack only a short time before suddenly became abundance.
I can see, just barely, that everything the body of Christ needs it already possesses. The truth is that there are vast riches and resources locked up within the hearts hearts of God’s people just waiting to be released by the Love of God. There will come a day when that we shall again have all things in common because, as we experience the Divine Love or God flowing into us and through, we shall have not more wasted space in our hearts.
In conclusion, my question is,
“What wasted space do we have in our hearts and will we allow God to fill it with His love?”
I pray that our Father fill us all with His love so that we come together as one, in Him, and do the will of our Father in Earth as it is done in Heaven. Amen.