But we must understand that this emptying is not merely for empty’s sake; it is an emptying that is intended to make room for a filling. Jesus emptied himself of self—if it is even possible to say that—in order that God could exalt him to the highest place and give him the name that is above every name.
In the spiritual life, emptying is always meant to make room for a filling. We empty ourselves of self, not just so we will be empty, but in order that we might be filled with the life and love of God. Fullness is God’s ultimate desire for us—as it was for Jesus—but fullness can only be arrived at by way of empty.
So by all means let us have the same attitude that was also in Christ Jesus, and let us empty ourselves in order that we may be full of God. So full, in fact, that we overflow—with his life and love—into the lives of all who cross our paths. That’s what the kingdom is all about.