Sold out. It’s usually not a good feeling when you hear that.
You searched all over for it.
You located it.
You had to have it.
You waited for it to go on sale. Then, just as you were to retrieve your reward —
“Sorry, ma’am. We SOLD OUT.”
Like the shelves of every convenience store the day after Hostess announced the end of the Twinkie.
And such is the tendency of this world. We look for something to fill us up and realize it has the same ability to disappear as quickly as we attained it.
But when you leave it to God, the Master Creator, He has the power to create something from nothing.
“The Lord merely spoke and the heavens were created.” (Psalm 33:6)
“In the beginning…the earth was formless and empty, and darkness covered the deep waters. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters. Then God said, ‘Let there be light,’ and there was light.” (Genesis1:2)
And then there was sky, and dry ground, and seeds and plants, and seasons, and day, and all the fish, birds and animals, and mankind…
“So the creation of the heavens and earth and everything in them was completed.” (Genesis 2:1)
And it was good.
Not bad for 6 days work.
And don’t we all like to think we can create some pretty terrific things in our weeks? See, I think I have things figured out in my life. I love being the master creator of my “weeks” and my own little world. How I act and dress, where I work, what I do, how I spend, what I eat and who I choose to be with. Everything I accomplish — I like to take credit for.
And, there are some really cool things that we humans can “take credit for.”
Like the Twinkie. What a creative invention we humans came up with! Who was the genius that said, “I am turning this cake thing upside down and inside out!” They created a cake where the frosting is protected. A moist, spongy, yellow cake infused with creamy, sweet filling giving each mouthful the perfect amount of sweetness paired with cake; all wrapped up and easily enjoyed anywhere! Plus, their shelf-life guarantees you will always have the ability to enjoy them, like, almost forever. Almost.
My mom loves these things! She always has two or three boxes on the snack shelf at home. She calls them her “fountain of youth” and believes all those preservatives help keep her young. But NOTHING in this world lasts forever. Nothing.
Nearly overnight, my mom’s shelf was bare. The Twinkie was no more. Hostess decided it’s “shelf-life” was over. Everywhere you turned, Circle K, Wal-Mart, Safeway, Piggly Wiggly and even AMAZON, the world’s largest marketplace—SOLD OUT.
Moments of accomplishment can quickly dissipate; feelings of happiness are fleeting and temporary. Stuff of this life, is just…stuff.
And, as Dr. Phil would say, “How’s that working for you?”
Nothing in this world lasts forever.
God not only created all things, He also took on flesh and lived among us. (Emmanuel translated means “God with us.”) God shows us the true example of how to live in this world and to not end up with that empty feeling.
“I am come so that they may have life and have it more abundantly.” (John 10:10)
Leave it to God to come to us, meet us where we are at and bring fullness from emptiness. He takes everything we think is right and turns it upside down and inside out.
Jesus, born in a manger.
God made human.
One innocent, murdered for all the guilty.
A King for all eternity and for all creation.
He tells us to have everything, you must lose everything about yourself. To have Jesus and life to the fullest, you must be SOLD OUT to what this world expects from you.
When in doubt, TRUST
When in need, GIVE
When persecuted, LOVE
When betrayed, FORGIVE
He says to love our enemies, even as they hate us. He asks us to extend mercy, even when we aren’t shown any. He shows us how to live in gentleness and humility even in a barbarian world. He tells us how to live everlasting when all else will fade to nothing. Give Jesus your heart, literally “selling out” to Jesus and the opposite of nothing happens.
Matthew Chapter 5 tells us:
Those who find themselves in utter desperation for Jesus will be given the Kingdom of Heaven.
The persecuted will be blessed.
The broken will be made new.
And the meek will inherit it all.
With Jesus, you will never thirst again, you will not hunger and you will have peace beyond understanding.
So, when the world has stripped your shelves bare, eaten away at every last grain you have to offer and you feel you have nothing left. That is when you experience the fullness a life with Jesus can supply.
God is our endless supply
Jesus is the Hope to fill the shelves of our hearts.
To have everything, be SOLD OUT.
And it was good.