Complete in Christ

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I feel so empty somedays.  Like part of my life or half of my heart is missing.  Like I’m a puzzle waiting for that last piece to be put in its rightful spot so the masterpiece can be finished.  I know my problem.  I have a God sized hole in my heart but I’ve been trying to fill that hole with a marriage sized cork or a man sized puzzle piece.  Neither of these were meant to fill the hole so they aren’t going to fill the emptiness.

We all were born with a hole in our hearts—an emptiness and void inside of us. We can try to stuff it with the things that surround us. We can choose to fill it with our desire for a relationship, our longing for a specific career, our group of friends, our greed for more possessions or more money . . . but none of these things will satisfy us—nothing of this world ever can. For a time, we may find something to fill the hole in our heart. . . something that seems to complete us. . . something that we think will make us happy and content, filled and satisfied forever. . . but in the end, we will find ourselves just as or more empty than before.

Until we realize that only God will fulfill us, we will live our lives searching for satisfaction and completion in all the wrong places. Saint Augustine put it this way: “You have made us for Yourself, O Lord, and our heart is restless until it rests in You.”  Colossians 2:10 tells us that we “have been filled in Him.”  Christ completes us! He’s the missing puzzle piece. He fulfills us, satisfies our desires, and takes away the emptiness that we’ve been living with for far too long.

Jeremiah 2:13 says, “My people have committed two sins: They have forsaken me, the spring of living water, and have dug their own cisterns, broken cisterns that cannot hold water.” Israel, in this verse, has left God. They forget that God can quench their seemingly never-ending thirst. They go out in search of a drink of water with broken hearts and cracked cups; and they wonder why they never seem to have enough to satisfy. Their wandering hearts cannot find rest until they find the ‘more’ they have always wanted, the ‘more’ that is just beyond their grasp, the ‘more’ that will just end up leaving them empty, the ‘more’ that they think they will find in things of this world; they are not content with the One who is enough.

Don’t be like the Israelites, constantly searching for fulfillment in cheap substitutes when the real deal is right before your eyes. Instead, cry out like David in Psalm 63:1, “O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you;  my flesh faints for you, as in a dry and weary land where there is no water.”  For after all, “And the Lord will guide you continually and satisfy your desire in scorched places…and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail.” (Isaiah 58:11).

Are you seeking your completion in something that this world offers?  Are you searching for your worth through relationships or a prestigious career? Or are you discovering your purpose in Christ and seeking fulfillment in Him alone?

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