Thursday, December 20, 2007

Empty vessels

We can learn nothing, even of Christ himself, while we hold our heads up with pride, or exalt ourselves with self-confidence. We must be meek and lowly in heart, otherwise we are totally unfit to be taught by Christ. Empty vessels may be filled; but vessels that are full already can receive no more. The man who knows his own emptiness can receive abundance of knowledge, and wisdom, and grace, from Christ; but he who glories in himself is not in a fit condition to receive anything from God.

From a sermon entitled "The Meek And Lowly One," delivered July 31, 1859. Flickr photo by Peter Morgan; some rights reserved.

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