Looking for Satisfaction in All the Wrong Places

For the entire fullness of God’s nature dwells bodily in Christ, and you have been filled by Him, who is the head over every ruler and authority.  Colossians 2:9-10

Too often, I live my life as though this was not true.  I walk about discouraged, disappointed and wishing there was something more to make me happier.  And when I’m in that frame of mind, the “something more” is never God himself.  It’s something tangible — a different situation, more time to write, a published book.  “I lack these things, God.  Please give them.”

Yet, none of those things would satisfy me.  God has already given me everything to meet my heart’s cry.  He tells me so in these verses.  Think about it:

  1. All of God is in Jesus
  2. Jesus has filled me
  3. Thus all of God has filled me.

If the very God of the universe, the creator of everything, is filling me, there certainly isn’t any empty space inside of me.  There is no lack. 

I only feel the lack when I ignore the fullness, when I take my eyes off Jesus, when I begin to dwell on things that are not Him.  Certainly I lack many things that are not Him – a new car, perfect feet (one of mine is injured) everything in Penny’s or Neiman Marcus or … well, I don’t have those things.  I lack them.

But neither do I need them.  All I need is Jesus, and he has given me all of Himself.  And when I dwell on that, I am content. 

To the depths of my soul.

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