Empty Yet Full

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“Our greatest fulfillment lies in giving ourselves to others.” Henri Nouwen

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As part of this reflection, listen to my song “Changed” on YouTube by clicking HERE.

Support my ministry by purchasing my songs and books at the links following the scripture reflection below. Thank you!

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2 Corinthians 3:17-18

Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. All of us, gazing with unveiled face on the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, as from the Lord who is the Spirit.

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St. Paul very rarely spoke of Jesus.

He most often spoke of Christ.

His idea of “Christ” was far beyond Jesus of Nazareth.

Paul mystically met Christ in a supernatural encounter while traveling to Damascus.

This spiritual experience began to change him.

At the time he was known as Saul, a brutal persecutor of the followers of Jesus following his crucifixion.

Saul never met Jesus in his human life.

On the road to Damascus to persecute more Christians, instead of being hit by a bolt of lightning, Saul received Grace.

He received the truth that he was persecuting Jesus by persecuting his followers.

The message was delivered with compassion and forgiveness even when he did not deserve it.

Such is Grace.

As he learned more about Christ and started following his way, Saul was set free.

As a follower of Christ, he became known as Paul.

Slowly he was being transformed into the image of Christ.

This is the path of transformation that Christ invites each of us to walk.

It takes the willingness to let go, to die to self.

This self-emptying process paradoxically leads to discovering your true self and having life to the full.

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Listen to the song of the day “Changed” on the Give Praise and Thanks album by clicking HERE.

Stream and/or purchase my songs on Amazon Music by clicking HERE.

Purchase my new book “Listen to Your Heart: A Daily Devotional of Calling, Purpose and New Life” on Amazon by clicking HERE.

Purchase my book “Mercy Reigns: A Daily Devotional of Compassion, Comfort and Healing” on Amazon by clicking HERE.

Remember: God loves you!

About billtonnis

Child of God, Pastoral Minister, Chaplain, Music Minister, Jail Minister, singer-songwriter, author, activist, former radio news anchor, imperfect follower of Jesus inspired by God's unconditional love, proud uncle... what else is there?
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