Living Life in the Fullness of Christ
I’ll confess, this week’s post is a bit delayed. My initial plans (according to my well planned out content calendar) was to share what God’s Word reveals about our identities. I had done the work and prepared for the post, but I felt the Holy Spirit gently nudging me to read, reread, and reflect on Ephesians 3:14-21 for this week’s post on identity.
As one who has struggled with my identity for many, many years due to placing my worth on the things of this world, I have a passion for sharing God’s Word that emphasizes the significance of knowing who we are and whose we are in Christ. Whether you are in your 20’s, 30’s, 40’s, 50’s or beyond, it is significant to your journey – living life in the fullness of Christ – to fully understand, my sweet friend, that YOU are a child of God.
What does it mean to live life in the fullness of Christ?
Before we get started, I’d like to ask you to take a moment and reflect on what these words mean to you? What do you envision when you think about living life in the fullness of Christ? For me, it’s having full confidence in Christ. It’s living in freedom from the barriers and obstacles that keep me from God’s best. Living life in His fullness is placing my trust in God, knowing there will be mountain tops and valleys in my journey, but I am anchored safely in God’s Word, His truth, which allows me to step out in God-confidence each day, yielding my life to Him.
Living life in the fullness of Christ is surrendering my identity, my circumstances, and my struggles to Him. The challenge (there are challenges when we say yes to God), my insecurities and fears can get the best of me. If I accept these doubts as truth, I find myself desiring the things of this world to increase my confidence or find myself wanting to turn back to a previous role to ease my insecurities. It’s safe, right? Let me run back to the before because it’s easy, comfortable, and safe. But God tells us to trust Him and obey.
How Do We Embrace the Call?
So, how do we, as women with a heart for God, stand strong in who we are and whose we are? We must know and apply God’s Word, His truth.
“And he chose us to be his very own, joining us to himself even before he laid the foundation of the universe! Because of his great love, he ordained us, so that we would be seen as holy in his eyes with an unstained innocence.” Ephesians 1:4 TPT
God chose YOU! I hope you find yourself excited as you read these words. You are chosen. You are appointed. You are a child of God. As God’s children, we are called to be the salt and the light. Matthew 5:16 tells us that we are to be generous with our lives, so we encourage others to also be generous with their lives. We are called by God. He has equipped us to be His light to the world.
How are you using your light? Remember, we were not saved by good works. We were saved to do good works. God’s love is in each of us as His believers. He loves us, and He has created us for a specific purpose, to love God and love others. We are equipped with God’s strength to do good for others.
If you desire to live life in the fullness of Christ, you must surrender your earthly desires and step into the fullness of God. You must willingly release your need for importance through material things, titles, and recognition.
The Jesus Bible tells us, “In Christ, believers can know a love beyond any other relationship or possession, something that is unimaginably satisfying.”
This month, I encourage you to reflect and prayerfully consider where you are placing your identity. I pray you place God at the center of your life and surrender anything in your life that is hindering you from living your best life in the fullness of Christ. He will do more than you can ever imagine.
The Passion Translation
Paul Prays for Love to Overflow
“So I kneel humbly in awe before the Father of our Lord Jesus, the Messiah, the perfect Father of every father and child in heaven and on the earth. And I pray that he would unveil within you the unlimited riches of his glory and favor until supernatural strength floods your innermost being with his divine might and explosive power.
Then, by constantly using your faith, the life of Christ will be released deep inside you, and the resting place of his love will become the very source and root of your life.
Then you will be empowered to discover what every holy one experiences—the great magnitude of the astonishing love of Christ in all its dimensions. How deeply intimate and far-reaching is his love! How enduring and inclusive it is! Endless love beyond measurement that transcends our understanding—this extravagant love pours into you until you are filled to overflowing with the fullness of God!
Never doubt God’s mighty power to work in you and accomplish all this. He will achieve infinitely more than your greatest request, your most unbelievable dream, and exceed your wildest imagination! He will outdo them all, for his miraculous power constantly energizes you.
Now we offer up to God all the glorious praise that rises from every church in every generation through Jesus Christ—and all that will yet be manifest through time and eternity. Amen!”
Keep on shining!