hollow: having a hole or empty space inside
a state or feeling that can lead to negative attitudes, bad decisions, rebellion, comparison, etc.
As Christians, we know that God is holy - perfectly whole. As children of God, we were created in His image, created to be whole.
Then sin entered the world....
As human beings, we tend to always want more, but we don't need more. We just need Jesus. We strive to find other things that will fill us up and make us feel whole. We put pressure on relationships, trying to find a person to complete us.
Our sin causes us to stumble through life, warping our perception of God, others, and ourselves. Any type of "righteous living" apart from God does not bring us closer to wholeness, it brings us to self-righteousness. We must repent - turn away from the things leaving you less than whole.
We are not perfect and we never will be. Thankfully, spiritual wholeness is not dependent upon our actions. Because of our faith in Christ and the fact that He died on the cross for our sin, God is able to pronouce us as whole. We can accept His declaration by faith and try to live in accordance with our identity as one who is spiritually whole, even though we will fail along the way. No matter how many times we mess up, we aren't disqualified of His declaration of wholeness over us. Why? Because spiritual wholeness is not based on our own merit, but on the merit of Christ.
We were created for a loving relationship with God, and if we do not receive our identity as whole and accepted in Christ, we will continue on in disobedience rather than the obedience needed to increase our awareness of His love for us and to become more like Him.
If we were able to experience the fullness of God's love, we would never want anything more. We won't be able to experience His fullness until we get to heaven, but rIght now, we possess His love and acceptance and we should praise Him for pronouncing us whole.
When I find myself craving the approval of others and requiring them to fill my "cup", I'm trying to make it a habit to ask God to satify all my longings and fill all of my hollow places with his lavish, unfailing love.
Sweet friends, please know that in Christ, you do not inhabit a hollowed-out hole. In Christ, you have access to the whole. Let's set our hearts and treasure in the right place. Let's set them on things above, in a place where they will not be corrupt or stolen from us.
"Take my broken cup. Fill it with your love. Only You can make me whole again." - Green Pastures by Maverick City Music
"For in Him the entire fullness of God's nature dwells bodily, and in Him you have been made complete." Colossians 2:9-10
"Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God." Matthew 5:8