Scripture Reading:  Ephesians 3:14-21

“That you may be filled with all the fullness of God.”  (Ephesians 3:19b)

Paul prays that we may be strengthened with power through God’s Spirit in our inner being (v. 16).  He is asking God to show us His power and love.  He wants us to know how much God loves us — He loves us with a love that surpasses knowledge (v. 19a).  When we experience His presence and love, we find a deep sense of fulfillment.  Thus Paul prays, “that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.”

Notice the wording of this verse carefully — “that YOU may be FILLED with ALL the FULLNESS of GOD.”  Paul is praying that we can experience the complete and full satisfaction of God in our lives.  He is praying for us to experience an abundant and overflowing satisfaction deep within our souls.  He is telling us that true satisfaction is not found in circumstances, possessions, power, pleasure or an other temporal means; it can only be found in our union with Christ.

In Colossians, Paul wrote:  “For in Christ lives all the fullness of God in human body.  So you also are COMPLETE through your union with Christ” (Colossians 2:9,10).  We are complete in Christ and we can find true satisfaction and fulfillment through our relationship with HIm.  Christ dwells in our hearts through faith (v. 17).  Therefore His fullness is available to us.

The problem is that we often forget this and seek to find satisfaction and fulfillment in other ways.  We build idols in our hearts that we love and serve more than we love and serve our Lord Christ.  We turn to pleasure, possessions and vain ambitions to give us meaning and significance.  We want to be noticed, to be accepted, and to be satisfied.  But all these attempts to find fulfillment apart from Christ are worthless.  They do not last because they are temporal.

All human beings have a deep need to find security and significance in their lives.  The message of the gospel is that both of these innate needs can only be fulfilled in a relationship with Jesus.  “So you also are complete (satisfied, fulfilled, made whole) through your union with Christ” (Colossians 2:10).  

We are secure through Him because we are accepted by the triune God.  We are significant through Him because we are loved lavishly by Him.  May Paul’s prayer come to fruition in our lives — “that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.”

Lord Jesus, forgive me when I try to find meaning and satisfaction in other ways beside through You living in me.  I am loved and accepted by You.  You meet my every need.  Let me find my rest, peace, joy, satisfaction, security and significance in You, for I am complete in You.


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