This past Sunday was the start of a brand new series titled “Full of It”, pertaining to being full of the abundant life found in Jesus Christ (John 10:10). This series will more or less be describing what it is to live in the abundant life that Jesus came to give to those who love and follow Him. It entails favor, grace, love, purpose, guidance, among a wide array of other grand blessings that we can partake in! However we must first think to the very general and very basic concept of being full.
When you’re full that means you are not lacking or omitting anything, you have no empty space left, and your capacity is maxed out! How fantastic is it that God wants us to be maxed out, not lacking anything, and full of the abundant blessings in Christ! That truly is the blessed life, where you walk in love towards others out of the overflow of Christ. Again, however, turning back to that basic concept of what it is to be full we cannot deny the simple truth that if we are already full or maxed out we don’t have room to be filled. This being put in a more spiritual light eludes to the juxtaposition of worldliness and Godliness.
If we are full of the world and the things of this world we have not left room for the things of God. We can believe that we can be full of the cares of this world and give attention to Godliness, but the teachings of Jesus make a clear point on this.
Matthew 13:22 “Now he who received seed among the thorns is he who hears the word, and the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and he becomes unfruitful.”
If we care more for the world than God we are not living in the abundant blessing that He so greatly desires for us. This also is the case when we think of splitting our love, half to the world, half to God. We still do not walk in His divine blessing.
Matthew 6:24 “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other.”
If we cannot even be half filled with the world then what is it that we can do? The only reasonable response to this is to die to self, or empty oneself of the cares and love of the world. This may seem like a hard concept, and indeed it can be, but how great the resulting life is when we make the choice to empty ourselves of our self love and self serving ways and allow that void to be filled with the things of God.
Matthew 16:24 “Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.”
But great is it to follow Christ, for it is in His presence, before God that we can truly begin to taste of that abundant life and be full of it.
Matthew 25:23 “His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.”