Ephesians 3: 17-19
I pray that you… may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
Colossians 1: 19-20
For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.
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.
One of the difficulties around Christmas time is in trying to figure out what to buy for people who already have everything they need. Honestly, most of our lives would not be drastically affected if we did not get that gift we have asked for or hinted about for the past month. We don’t need it….but we want it. It would make our lives better. It would fulfill us. It would bring us satisfaction.
I have a degree in advertising, and the secret of selling anything is this: make people feel dissatisfied with their current reality. You cannot sell something to a person who is happy with all they already have. You can’t convince someone who is satisfied with their life to buy something new. So advertisers create dissatisfaction. They convince us that we are missing out. That, if we only had this car/deodorant/sofa/dress/necklace – then our lives would be complete. So we spend money we don’t have to buy stuff we don’t need, and guess what – we don’t feel any better! In fact, we feel emptier, at least our bank accounts do.
Paul prays that we would be “filled to the measure of the fullness of God.” That all of God would fill all of us. In Colossians we are told that the fullness of God came to earth in bodily form when Jesus was born. Not only that. In Christ, we have been brought to fullness. (Col 2: 10)
While advertisers want us to feel dissatisfied, empty or inadequate without something, God fills us fully with Himself. He gives us His all, He pours into us His everything, He holds nothing back.
He alone satisfies our deepest longings and desires that no one or nothing else can. When we find our satisfaction in Him, those other things lose their power over us, their appeal is weakened. I love what John Piper said: “God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him.”
Enjoy Christmas, enjoy buying and receiving presents – but realise they won’t satisfy your deepest desires because they simply aren’t able to. Find your fullest satisfaction in Jesus, your deepest peace in Him. He fills you with what you need most – Himself.
As we close out this week’s devotions, please keep praying for Ivan Alcorn and Jane Quinn as they each journey different forms of cancer. (For more details see Tuesday’s devotion.)
We look forward to seeing you this Sunday at 9.30 am and 11.30 am for our Christmas celebration.