Finding Fulfillment

“I pray that you being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know that this love surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.”
Ephesians 3:17-19

 

The love of Christ isn’t only extensive; in Christ we can be completely satisfied through the fullness of God.

Our hearts are wired with a longing for satisfaction, often leading us into the world to find completion. The quest for this fulfillment may be manifested differently, but we’re left with the same results. For me, I tend to seek out relationships, entertainment, and success to satisfy my heart. Yet each time my heart wanders from the fullness of God, I quickly discover that earthly relationships, no matter how ideal, will never fully satisfy me; TV and movies leave me empty; and success can be fleeting and temporary.

Success is the one I’m currently learning about as an unemployed girl in DC. My job ended in January and now I’m doing some freelance work from home. For the most part, I don’t mind not having a full time job in this season of life. However, living in DC where people are so motivated and driven, I find it hard for me to explain my situation to people I don’t know very well. Before, I could spout off my job and title and talk about what a great opportunity it is, but now I say, “Well, I lost my job in January, so I’m doing part-time work from home, while we figure things out.” It doesn’t really have the same ring. I leave feeling insecure about their opinion of me.

My identity is not in who I’m married to, what kind of friends I have, or where I work. My life will not be complete when I find out which girl The Bachelor picks in two weeks (yes, I watch The Bachelor, and I like it). There is nothing inherently wrong with these things, but I can’t let them take precedence over Christ in my life.

In Ephesians 3, Paul prays that we will know the unbelievable extent of Christ’s love for us; to know this love is greater than anything else we could ever seek to know; so that we will be filled with the fullness of God.

I don’t know about you, but I want the fullness of God manifested in my life. Not only do I want it, I need it! Our God knows better than we do what we require each day, and He is more than able to satisfy the longings of our hearts and fully complete us. We will only truly be satisfied when we allow the love, power, and fullness of God to overwhelm our hearts.

“You open your hand and satisfy the desires of every living thing.”
Psalm 145:16

“Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labor on what does not satisfy? Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good, and your soul will delight in the richest of fare.”
Isaiah 55:2

Lord Jesus, I need You! I so often forsake You for things that are fleeting. Teach me to cling to You, trust in Your love, and allow You to satisfy me in a way that only You can.

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