Remove The Cork

“To know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.”

Ephesians 3:19

I had to read a few times the illustration that A. B. Simpson used to describe what it is like to be filled with the Holy Spirit. Its good and not just because I enjoy the ocean and watching the waves go by. He said, "Being filled with the fullness of God is like a bottle in the ocean. You take the cork out of the bottle and sink it in the ocean, and you have the bottle completely full of ocean. The bottle is in the ocean, and the ocean is in the bottle. The ocean contains the bottle, but the bottle contains only a little bit of the ocean. So it is with the Christian."

I love the scene that plays in the theater of my mind as I picture what it means for us to get a little of the fullness of God and yet be filled completely with Him. What a beautiful illustration this bottle provides of our lives in Christ. The essence of oneness; where one contains the fullness of the other without the other losing any of its fullness. Proof there is enough of God to go around! It also reminds me how big God is and how small we are.

There is an invitation in this. Remove the cork of control and submerge yourself in Christ today, loved one, allow God fill you beyond your capacity to contain Him all the while enjoying the fullness of His presence in your life, overflowing. Allow His life to overflow yours today touching everything and everyone you come in contact. Imagine if you will, walking along today and feeling the cool ocean breeze on your face and that smell, that amazing scent that comes off the ocean in the early morning hours. There is nothing like the ocean that conjures up our awareness of the greatness of God, gentle yet strong, soothing yet passionate. Remove the cork and invite the Holy Spirit to fill you up!

“And when He had said this, He breathed on them, and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit.”

John 20:22


Michael Osthimer





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