You’re made complete in Christ-you don’t have to earn anything
Ever gotten burn-out running around trying to prove that you’re worthy enough, that you’re christian enough? The truth is there’s nothing we could ever do to earn the grace, salvation, or freedoms God has blessed us with. It’s through Jesus, not ourselves, that we’re made whole. He’s the one who completes us, we could never become complete (or whole) on our own.
I’m so excited to share with you this guest post from Karissa @ Becoming Kiona. Karissa is all about finding her identity in Christ and she’s here today to share a few thoughts on what it means to fully embrace the truth, that it’s not by our works, but by Jesus that we’re made complete.
If you’re struggling today with feelings of unworthiness, like you don’t measure up and need to do MORE…I pray these verses & words from Karissa will bless your heart, mind & spirit. I pray you’re able to find rest in the knowledge that we all fall short, and that through Christ Jesus is the only way we could ever be made whole.
Here’s Karissa’s post:
“and in Him you have been made complete, and He is the head over all rule and authority” Colossians 2:10
Complete in Christ
Sounds nice, right? We’ve all heard it.
“You are complete in Christ.”
But what does it really mean? And why do I struggle to feel complete? Why do I find myself striving? Why do I feel like there is more?
My life is not matching up. More to do. More to work through.
Complete in Christ.
The “Yeah, but…” in Me
Other versions of Colossians 2:10 say “brought to fullness”, “filled”, “made full”. So if complete means that I am lacking nothing… whole… entire… full… Why is there still a “yeah, but” in my spirit?
You are forgiven. You don’t have to do anything else to be complete.
You don’t have to work to obtain and maintain God’s love.
You are free.
Christ really is enough.
“Yeah, but… “
When Paul wrote to the Colossians, they were being faced with many false teachings that were tempting them to think that Christ was not enough for them. Check out verse 8:
“See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception, according to the tradition of men, according to the elementary principles of the world, rather than according to Christ.”
What is it in your life? What causes you to doubt that “fullness”… that “wholeness”?
In my life, the spirit of religion has been the thing that has drawn me away from believing that I really am complete in Christ-the pride of condemning myself when Christ says I am forgiven and free.
The Thing I Missed
But if I really think about the times when I don’t feel complete, there is something I have to admit… there is something I am completely missing when it comes to knowing that I am complete in Christ. Something so important. Something so obviously vital. It’s the key to this verse we so often use to encourage one another. This phrase that we attach to our identity in Christ-I missed it.
I missed really looking into the face of Jesus. You see, it’s all too easy to read “in Him you have been made complete” and miss “Him”, miss who He really is. But if we look at the scriptures surrounding this verse, what we will find is so sweet…so powerful. Christ.
“For in Him all the fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form”. Colossians 2:9
I am Complete Because…
All fullness of Deity dwells in Him! We are made “full” in Him… and in Him the “fullness” of God dwells. Woah! Can we really stop to consider what this means? Can we stop and remember who God is?
As Christians, we can get so caught up in our familiar Christian language and miss the wonder of it all. The wonder of “God with us”. The wonder of a mighty Creator. A Holy God. All-powerful, all-knowing, everywhere…God. And in Christ, the fullness of God dwells. Made full…
Friends, what is the implication of this in our lives? We are made full in the One who is full- the One who is over all, before all things, and who holds all things together.
“He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation.16 For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things have been created through Him and for Him. 17 He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. 18 He is also head of the body, the church; and He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that He Himself will come to have first place in everything.19 For it was the Father’s good pleasure for all the fullness to dwell in Him, 20 and through Him to reconcile all things to Himself, having made peace through the blood of His cross; through Him, I say, whether things on earth or things in heaven.” Colossians 1:15-20
There is so much sweet truth here to digest about our amazing Savior! And this isn’t even the fullness of who Christ is. This isn’t in any way the complete picture.
Friends, let’s decide- right here and now- that every time we sense something drawing us away from believing we are complete in Christ we will run back to Christ! Let’s determine to sit at His feet. Let’s resolve to marvel at the person of Jesus Christ.
I promise- the result will be strong confidence and joy in knowing that we are made full in the fullness of Christ!
Excerpt from Karissa’s “about me” page:
Embracing my Identity
This blog is me taking a step of obedience in this journey of discovering who I am in Christ and becoming all that God wants me to be for the sake of His Kingdom.
And THAT is why I write. I believe that as children of God, we are VITAL in the kingdom. Our creative Creator made us all uniquely and for a specific purpose. I believe it is of the utmost importance that we learn what God’s word says about us. It is also of the utmost importance that we take the time as individuals to discover how God has wired us. Whether we know it or not, people all around us are counting on us to be all that we can be in Christ. People’s lives are waiting to be impacted by that thing that God has put in your heart to pursue. Our friends, our family, our neighbors, people we don’t even yet know.
To read more about what’s on Karissa heart or if you looking to gain more insight about who God says you are, head over and check out her posts!