Recently, I went for a power walk in my neighborhood when I came across three tree stumps. I immediately thought, Wow, I wonder how many people are walking around in this very same state – feeling incomplete. Looking for their situation to change in order for them to feel whole, waiting for a person to come around or walk in their life to make them complete, or waiting for the perfect job and the right salary to bring fulfillment, just to name a few.
You may have already recognized it, though. There are two significant issues with waiting for any of those things to occur before a person is made whole.
#1 – changes in a circumstance or even with Man cannot make a person whole. Life happens and these scenarios will change from time to time (not constant or fixed). #2 – Jesus has already made us whole by His sacrifice at the cross. But He was pierced for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on Him, and by His wounds we are healed (Isaiah 53:5). We are made whole through Jesus Christ and only Him.
In Colossians 2:10 and in Christ you have been brought to fullness. He is the head over every power and authority. Therefore, if anyone is looking for the outer layer to change before they feel complete, lacking nothing, then I’m afraid you will always be looking if Christ is not the center of your life. The world cannot give you what it does not own. This is what the Lord says: “Heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool (Isaiah 66:1). God is in control and everything on earth belongs to Him (Psalms 24:1) regardless of how much Man tries to control a situation. God has already given us the beautiful gift of salvation, a free gift that has been paid for with the blood of Christ (Galatians 3:13), but if a person doesn’t know what they have then they will always be looking elsewhere.
LOOK NO FURTHER!
If you are feeling incomplete, as if you are lacking something from within, then it is time to surrender your life to Christ. A new relationship is not going to fix it, moving to a new city is not going to fix it, a new job is not going to fix it, a new spouse is not going to fix it (you’ll meet someone else with a different set of issues — no one is perfect), a new car is not going to fix it…I believe you understand my point. These things are all temporary and we have to stop fixing our minds on those things, but focus on what is eternal:
2 Corinthians 4:18 So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.
One of my favorite passages in the Bible is John 15:1-17 The Vine and the Branches. The verse that I always keep close to my heart is: I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing ( John 15:5). It just hit me that the picture I used for this post is of a tree stump. I had no idea that this would all flow together in this way, this is nothing but the power of the Holy Spirit.
God wants us to be whole, not lacking anything. We have that in His son, Jesus Christ. He is the true vine. I encourage you to read John 15:1-17 if you are feeling like that tree stump – incomplete. It’s time to stop trying to live apart from Him in order to enjoy the prosperous life God has planned for you. Remember He is the vine and we are the branches. It’s only with Him that we are truly whole.
Complete fullness…not a stump
Have a blessed week!
Love you all in Christ,
Ayesha L. Shoulders
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Thank you Father for your son Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior.
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