A Life Fully Lived


  This is a study of Colossians 2:9-10 with a particular emphasis on the phrase “you are complete in Him.”

For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily; and you are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power. (Colossians 2:9-10 NKJV)

“Complete” is also translated “filled” or “made full.”  Only by living a life dedicated to God are we complete and have a full rich life as humans.  To dedicate your life in some manner to self through materialism, sensualism, or whatever is to miss the fullness/completeness of our existence.  What does it mean to have a full and rich life (which is found only in Jesus Christ)?

A full life is living the way you were designed to live.  God made you and as your Maker He knows what will bring you happiness and what will bring you disappointment.  When you cooperate with God your life “works better,” you are a hammer driving a nail, not a hammer trying to turn a screw.  You are functioning in harmony with your purpose.  It is a sad hammer who tries to turn a screw.  He was not designed for that.  It is a sad person who tries to live a life apart from God.  You were not designed for that. 

A full life is filled with forgiveness.  Christians have been forgiven and they forgive others.  The “anvil on the chest” pain of guilt has been lifted for the Christian.  The burning fire of revenge has also been extinguished for the Christian because the Christian forgives others instead of trying to get even with them.  A true Christian is filled with the love of God and the attitude of Christ. 

A full life is filled with joy.  Hey, with all that guilt and vengeance replaced by love and mercy, what becomes the overriding emotion?  Right, joy.  The Christian knows that ultimately everything will be ok.  It will all work out in the end.  This means we have a good and positive feeling about us.  Even trials can be tempered by understanding that they give us a chance to show how a Christian deals with adversity.  They bring into vivid contrast the Christian’s emphasis with that of the world. 

A full life is filled with hope.  The Christian is a pilgrim.  The life of a pilgrim is not where he is, but where he is going.  The Christian is going to be with God forever and ever.  All the bad in this life will be absent from heaven and all the good from this life will be present in heaven and will even be enhanced.  Christians know this so their life is a life of hope.  Someone said, “When a person loses hope, he’s lost everything.”  There’s a lot of truth in that.  The Christian never loses hope. 

A full life ends well.  You have heard it said, “All’s well that ends well.”  Actually, that is not exactly true of the Christian because that life never ends.  The Christian is filled with the eternal.  In a sense, we experience the eternal here and now.  The attributes the Christian cultivates are the very attributes of God – love, mercy, forgiveness, peace, kindness, etc.  The more you are Christ-like, the more you experience heaven on earth. 

Life lived to its fullest is found only in Jesus Christ.  This life is available to anyone.  Thanks be to God!


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