Devotional | Living in the Fullness

What is God calling you to lay down? 

I pray that you “...may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” (Ephesians 3:18 NIV)

I’ve been fascinated for a while with the idea of what it looks like to live in the fullness of God. This idea of "fullness" crops up a few times in the books of Ephesians and Colossians. At the start of Colossians, Paul says that all the fullness of God dwelt in Jesus when He walked our planet. Jesus lived an incredible, selfless, pure life. He really lived life to the full, and when He died on the cross and rose again, He won that fullness of life for us. I’ve realized that the key to finding fullness of life is in following our Savior: in sacrifice. He gave up his life so that we might find life. In turn, when we sacrifice all that we are for Him, we gain life in abundance. In this exchange, we give Him everything, but it really costs us nothing because of all that we gain.

So what do we gain? Here are just a few things that I found in Ephesians 1-3 and Colossians 1-2: When we lay down our lives for God, we receive: an inheritance, adoption, every spiritual blessing, redemption and forgiveness of sins... even the power that raised Christ from the dead! Take a look for yourself, I think you’ll be amazed.

What is God calling you to lay down today? And what is He calling you to receive in exchange?  

This archived article was written by Alice Clarke for release in Oct, 2013. Circumstances and situations may have changed regarding the author, locations and ministries. This content may therefore be outdated or misinformed.