Let Him Out

by APC on September 11, 2019

Years ago, I moved into an apartment and was in need of a few items. One, of which, was a vacuum cleaner. Before long, I was bequeathed one, and I got to work vacuuming the floor.

One day, the vacuum cleaner stopped picking up any debris, so I had a friend come over to diagnose the problem. After scarcely examining the malfunctioning appliance, he smiled, looked up at me, and asked, “Did you try emptying the bag?”

I’d never been a fan of domestic housework growing up and didn’t help much when I lived at home (sorry Mom and Dad). Therefore, in my naiveté, it never occurred to me that the vacuum cleaner (bag) would need to be emptied. The dirt could have magically disappeared for all I knew, or have gone out the vacuum, through the cord, and into the wall…

Unzipping the fabric exterior, we discovered overflowing (and compacted) dirt, carpet fibers, and other debris. The physical bag had been filled to the max and exploded long ago. The rest of the vacuum chamber continued to fill when my vacuuming didn’t subside. Basically, the vacuum was entirely full, and the grime was trying to get out.

And straightway his ears were opened, and the string of his tongue was loosed, and he spake plain. And he charged them that they should tell no man: but the more he charged them, so much the more a great deal they published it; And were beyond measure astonished, saying, He hath done all things well: he maketh both the deaf to hear, and the dumb to speak (Mark 7:35–37, KJV).

In Scripture, Jesus performed miracle after miracle, healing the blind, deaf, and lame. In Galilee, upon curing a deaf man, Jesus charged him not to tell anyone what He’d done. But, the man couldn’t keep it in. He had to let the world know what Jesus had done for Him.

A few years ago, at the “Because of the Times” conference, Vesta Mangun preached a powerful message: Let Him Out. She spoke primarily on why Jesus can’t just stay inside of us; we have to let Him out! We must tell the whole world about Him!

All too often, we’re a lot like my college vacuum cleaner, collecting the grace and mercy of God. He continues to bless us, and before we know it, we’re busting at the seams. But, He needs to come out instead of being bottled up! We need to fulfill our command to be a witness and share with the world.

The fire of God’s Spirit (the Holy Ghost) has been poured into us, and it’s not meant to stay confined. It’s a fire we can’t keep shut up inside. Like the man in Scripture, the joy of the Lord exploded forth from him. He had to let Jesus out and we should do the same.

If we don’t share the whole Gospel to the whole world, being witnesses to every creature, I imagine we’ll become like my vacuum cleaner. We’ll lose our ability to consume the goodness of God and become stagnant and unusable. God’s mercies will compound within us and start wreaking havoc on our spiritual life. If we don’t make room for more (by emptying out), we won’t be able to get anything new!

We’re a vessel—we’re meant to draw in and pour out. We’re called to be witnesses for Him. We’re commanded to let Him out. This may seem elementary, but it works. All I had to do was simply empty the bag and my vacuum worked again. Listen to God’s call. Be a witness. Let Him out and see what happens.