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Saturday/Sunday: August 3, 2022

Fulfilled by Christ

"...that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God." (Ephesians 3:19)

We are made, it was once said, with a "God-filled hole" in our hearts. There is a need inside of us that cannot be filled by friends, family, job, money, children, or even our spouse. Christ is the only person that can truly fulfill our every need.

It is sometimes difficult to remember this during the baseball season, when we are frequently away from home, family, and friends and often expect our husband to fill all of the relational and spiritual needs in our life. Wonderful as he may be, he cannot fill all of our needs; Christ is the only one who can do that.

Sometimes it can be easy to get into a mode where we think that if we just had one specific thing our lives would be complete: a house, a child, financial stability, a long-term contract, a particular job. Once we obtain that elusive "perfect thing," we find there is something else that is missing or something else we "need."

We must not look to worldly things for fulfillment, or we will be never be satisfied. When we rely solely on Christ and ask Him to give us those things we need, He will answer our prayers. We may think that we need friends, fellowship, and financial stability, but all we truly need is Christ.

Paul writes to the Philippians that "my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus" (Phil. 4:19). Peter reminds us further that "His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us" (2 Peter 1:3). Peter doesn't say that He gives us some things or most things that we need - He gives us everything we need in life.

Prayer: Lord, I want to find my completeness in you, not in the things of this temporal world. Help me to rely only on you to fulfill my needs, and to realize that you and only you know exactly what I need. Help me trust you to give me just that.

Suggested Reading: Ephesians 3:14-29


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