Fill Me Up

Recently, I have been reading a few of Paul’s letters and I have been struck by how much he talks about being in Christ and especially being in the “fullness of Christ.” Here are just a few. . .

Eph 1:23. . .the fullness of him who fills everything in every way
Eph 3:19. . . that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God
Eph 4:13. . . attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ
Col 2:9-10... For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form and you have been given fullness in Christ, who is the head over every power and authority

And in John10:10, Jesus says “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”

There are definitely times when I’m aware of God’s love, his presence in my life and the multitude of gifts he pours out on me everyday. In these times, I feel his fullness and that I have life “to the full”. Other times, when I drift away from God or get caught up in all the busyness of life and the day-to-day grind of life’s typical challenges, I can easily feel drained and empty. All my false gods (e.g., golf, cycling, Broncos, Avs, money. . .) which on the surface seem so enjoyable and promising can ultimately leave me drained and empty as well.

In John 15, Jesus says that if we remain in him we will bear much fruit, and that “apart from me you can do nothing”. He doesn’t say we can do most things or even some things apart from him. He says we can do nothing apart from him.

I think we would all rather be filled and full than drained and empty. I think it’s clear that Jesus wantsus to remain in Him and attain the whole measure of his fullness and have life to the full.

Lord, I pray you fill me with your Holy Spirit so that I can look to you and only you to find fullness. Amen.

Brad Gauen

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