The Change That Could Change Everything for Us

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Colossians 2:9–10

For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, and in Christ you have been brought to fullness. He is the head over every power and authority.  

CONSIDER THIS

For me, these are among the most extraordinary and powerful words in all of the Bible:

For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, and in Christ you have been brought to fullness.

Notice the verb tenses. All the fullness of the God lives in bodily form in Christ. God now lives completely and totally yet not exclusively (because there’s also the Father and the Spirit, in whom also the fullness of God lives completely and totally). This has been happening in the past and is now happening in the present. Now note the past tense in verse 10: “in Christ you have been brought to fullness.” It is done, an accomplished reality.

The big question for us Christians is: Are we living in this reality, or are we still waiting on something else to happen? If we are not living in this reality, it stands to reason we are not real Christians. I know that sounds harsh, but sometimes we need to be confronted with the plain truth of Scripture. So how about it? Are you living in the reality of the fullness of God in your life, or are you still waiting on something else to happen?

What if I told you I put $100,000 in a special account at your bank last night, and what if I told you it wouldn’t show up on your online banking app or on your bank statement? The only way you could access the money would be to spend it by writing a check or by using your debit card. What would you do?

Today’s text is effectively telling us that we have all the fullness of God in our spiritual bank account in our physical bodies. God is not waiting on us to do something. He’s waiting on us to write the check, to spend the funds, to move in faith on the fact of his fullness being present right now.

The fundamental shift so desperately needed in our discipleship today is the movement from what we need God to do for us to moving out in faith on what God has already done.

 . . . and in Christ you have been brought to fullness. (v. 10a)

We must make a bold shift in our faith from, “Fill me with the fullness of God,” to “I am filled with the fullness of God.”

On your mark. Get set. Go!

Domino #2/10, (Colossians 2:10) The Fullness of God, cries out in every age to be tipped over. It is a mountain mover. 

THE PRAYER

Abba Father, we thank you for your Son, Jesus, in whom dwells all the fullness of God in bodily form. Thank you for making us alive in him and pouring out his fullness into our lives. I confess I struggle with this. I believe it, yet I do not act on it. I keep asking, and yet I hear you saying “It’s already done. Now move out on it.” I will. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.

THE QUESTIONS

  1. How about you? Are you living in the reality of the fullness of God, or still asking God to do it?
  2. What do you think it will mean for you to make this shift from “Fill me with your fullness,” to “I am filled with your fullness”?
  3. Could part of the problem be that you are trying to go it alone, that you aren’t closely enough related to other believers going this journey?

For the Awakening,
J.D. Walt
Sower-in-Chief
seedbed.com

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6 COMMENTS

  1. JD, this Daily Text really does require a leap of faith.
    In answer to your first question; I must respond like the man with the son possessed by a demon who caused the boy to not speak. “I believe, help my unbelief”. This strong of a faith, in my opinion, requires a supernatural intervention.It’s the work of the Holy Spirit, a gifting from God.
    It might require me to have to depend on the exercise of having within myself the fullness of God to make it through a tough situation for that reality to be made manifest. Sink or swim.
    Concerning your third question; I’m way past knowing that I cannot grow into a fully mature disciple without being a part of an earnest community of faith.

  2. Fullness easily overflows. The slightest movement will cause a cup brimming with coffee to overflow. “Stir up the gift of God, which is in you.” “Quench not the Spirit.” Open up to the “rivers of living water” that are ready to pour out of “your innermost being.”

    Christ-followers are full the Spirit–the fulness of God. Now let the “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control” overflow. Let the gifts of the Spirit manifest in and through you. Let the words of God flow through your mouth: “Do not worry about what to say or how to say it. At that time you will be given what to say.”

    How? Surrender to “Christ in you.” Be continually attentive to His promptings within you and then faithfully say and or do whatever He nudges you to.

  3. Sometimes we take the simple and make it complicated.
    We play checkers like it’s a chess game.
    We seek happiness through accomplishment instead of finding joy in everyday life.
    We try to fix others when we can’t fix ourselves.
    We wait to do God’s will until we hear God’s direction when He’s already given it.
    This is what I’ve learned about serving people by serving God.
    “Go where God is already working and get involved.” -Henry Blackaby, Knowing and Doing the Will of God.
    We must do to experience what God is already doing.

  4. OK, I am a lay person and light weight in Seedbed, although I am loving it! A question: I am confused about, “I am filled with the fullness of God,” and I have been confused for a number of years about Ephesians 3: 18-19, that states that if we fully know the of the love of Christ, we may be “filled with all the fullness of God.”

    I am newly involved in disciple-making ministries (leading and learning at the same time) with a small women’s group using our pastor’s, and Narrow Gate curriculum over 3 years, which of course models Jesus’ discipling the 12. Within our group, we are experiencing the transparency and bonding which is critical in transformation; however, I am still having trouble understanding what it is about being in a faith community that leads us to “fully know God.” Can you help me?

    I am in the N. GA conference and our pastor and church are under attack by our liberal bishop. Appreciate prayers, especially since we need to be left alone for at least 8 more years to accomplish our pastor’s vision of having a church-wide culture of disciple-making through multiplication.

  5. This seems so connected with 2:2 – Christ in Y’All – have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely Christ.
    As we become encouraged in heart and united in love, banding together, we can live out the mystery of Christ in us. We truly become the body of Christ, boldly walking together in faith, unafraid to put on display Christ’s love and compassion, not being afraid to suffer as he suffered. Is it any wonder that our persecuted brothers and sisters face what they do with joy because they are living in the knowledge of Christ in them…together? This is what spoke to my soul today.

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