At the center of Christian faith stands Jesus - God, who became a person and died that people can know God. At the center of Empty Church is the goal of loving God so much that many people can get a glimpse at how much God loves people.
We do our best to take the words of the Apostle John very seriously,
But the one who keeps God’s word is the person in whom we see God’s mature love. This is the only way to be sure we’re in God. Anyone who claims to be intimate with God ought to live the same kind of life Jesus lived. 1 John 2:5-6 (The Message)
This should lead you to a very important question: How did Jesus Live?
We find the answer in Philippians 2:3-8
Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.
Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.
Really smart people often refer to this in theological terms as the kenosis. Jesus emptied himself of to submit to the will of God his father. This idea is so rich and so adaptable to our lives, yet, many have scoffed at the notion of living empty.
When we say "Live Empty” this is what we are striving to:
- Cease acting from selfish ambition
- Count others as more significant than ourselves
- Look to the interest of others as we would our own interests
- Be humble
- Be Obedient to God
Every day we try to keep God’s word and live like Jesus lived. Often, we suck at this and are forced to rely on grace to try again. We strive to have these qualities, though we realize it will take a lifetime for these attitudes to take root in our souls. We may get it more wrong than right, but here is the good news getting it right is glorious! Service and humility are key ingredients to better relationships, kinder communities, and a more peaceful world.
What would it look like if you emptied yourself of some selfish ambition or sought the interest others like your do your own?
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Empty Church is here to help. We want to help you live Empty. We publish articles and produce a podcast to spark your thoughts and give you something to think about. Hopefully they also encourage you to lay down your sins that make the journey so hard. Meeting together with others is another great way to stay accountable.
We are a small community of believers that are tied to the larger community of Christians around the world. We will help you in any way that we can. If that is helping you find a local church or just being another digitial friend, we are here to serve you.