Monday, March 5, 2012

The overlooked value of the fullness of God in Christ

For in Him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through Him to reconcile to Himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of the Cross. -Colossians 1:19-20
God's fullness dwells in Christ, and through the cross, Christ gives me access to God's fullness! What an often overlooked gem. We wallow in our emptiness complaining of thirst, while the ocean of God is spread freely before us. We are a thirsty people. We realize that we have a need, we realize our unhappiness, but the hostility of our flesh glosses over our solution. We greedily heap up to ourselves the parasitic leech of fleshly gratification, while shutting our ears to the cry of Christ to rest in Him. Even as His own sheep, we strive to find our own grazing grounds, instead of listening to our shepherd. If only we would stop our incessant pursuit of happiness, we would see the glorious depths of God's presence that is laid freely before us. It is a difficult thing to embrace the fullness of Christ. It requires daily mortification, and hungry longing for God's self. It is only after the longing of Psalm 63:1 that we come to the satisfaction of Psalm 63:5

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