How would you fill in the above sentence? Would your answer have anything to do with change in status of health? Relationship? Wealth? Career? Something different?
Merriam Webster defines “complete” as : “having all necessary parts : not lacking anything”
God’s Word tells us that we are complete through our union with Christ.
Colossians 2:9-10 (NLT) 9 For in Christ lives all the fullness of God in a human body.[a] 10 So you also are complete through your union with Christ, who is the head over every ruler and authority.
If our completeness, contentment, wellness, joy depend on anything other than Christ, we will be setting up ourselves for disappointment because everything and everyone is temporary.
1 John 2:17a The world and its desires pass away
2 Corinthians 4:18 So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
If we hinge our completeness on anything else:
HEALTH: Everyone dies. Ecclesiastes 9:2a (NIRV) Everyone will die someday.
PERSON(S): They die and so do their plans and promises: Psalm 146:3 Do not put your trust in princes, in human beings, who cannot save. 4 When their spirit departs, they return to the ground; on that very day their plans come to nothing.
MATERIAL THINGS: Proverbs 23:5 Cast but a glance at riches, and they are gone, for they will surely sprout wings and fly off to the sky like an eagle.
BEAUTY: Proverbs 31:30b beauty is fleeting
POWER: Psalm 75:7 It is God who judges: He brings one down, he exalts another.
GLORY: 1 Peter 1:24 For, “All people are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and the flowers fall
THE FUTURE: James 4:13 Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” 14 Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.
As Ann Voskamp’s bestselling book, One Thousand Gifts, dares: We can live fully right where we are (even when circumstances are not perfect). That fullness is in Christ. Here is a previous post about One Thousand Gifts.
Beloved, by position as God’s children, we are already complete in Christ. Let’s pray that we will experience that completeness in Him and live fully each day in His name amen.