Blaise Pascal was a 17th Century mathematician, physicist, and philosopher who achieved fame by inventing the mechanical calculator. At the age of 31, he had a powerful experience with God that caused him to abandon his scientific career and focus the remainder of his life to writing about God. His most influential work came to be known as his Pensées or “thoughts”. One of my favorite Pensées of Pascal is this one: “There is a God-shaped vacuum in the heart of every person that can never be filled by any created thing. It can only be filled by God, made known through Jesus Christ.”
The verse above speaks directly to what Pascal was saying. Writing here to the church in Colossae, Paul makes the astounding statement that we have been filled by Christ. The problem is, most of us don’t feel that the hole in our heart is filled. I believe the reason is that Christ will allow Himself to be pushed out by other things. In our anxieties and insecurities, we reach out to other things to fill this hole in our hearts and in essence, replace Christ with them. In medicine, it might be the accolades of our patients. It might be the financial security we strive for, but never quite reach. It might be the professional acclaim we desire from our colleagues. We try to fill the hole in our hearts with things other than Christ, and ultimately fail. These things may seem to fill that hole for a short time, but eventually the haunting emptiness returns.
Instead of working to fill our hearts through our own efforts with things outside of Christ, we should recognize and rest in the fact that Christ has already filled that hole. There’s nothing we need to do! If you don’t sense that your heart is filled with Christ, try looking to see what you’ve replaced Him with. When you find those things, make sure to make them less of a priority than following Christ. Then you will experience His fullness.
Prayer: Lord thank you for filling my heart with Your Presence. Help me to recognize if I’ve given something else priority in my life instead of You and help me to change it.