What Does it Mean to be Fulfilled?

Taking a cue from Ann Voskamp again today, I’m sitting at my computer this morning pondering the word, fulfillment.

We all want it, right?  Personal fulfillment.  To have our hopes and dreams fulfilled.  The word breaks down pretty simply, doesn’t it– full filled; to be filled all the way up.  Boy, does that sound good!

I checked www.biblegateway.com (a great resource, by the way!) and found there are many scriptures which use this word.  Most often it’s used to describe God’s fulfillment of prophecy, from the Old Testament through the New.  God always fulfills His word . . . doesn’t leave any part of it undone.  And then there are many references to our emotions.  It’s possible to be filled with rage (Lk 4:28), fear (Lk 5:26), sorrow (John 16:6), and jealousy (Acts 13:45.)  OR we can be filled with the Holy Spirit (Lk. 1:41, Acts 2:4, Eph. 5:18).

I love this verse especially today, as I ponder the need for some specific child training around my house . . .

And concerning you, my brethren, I myself also am convinced that you yourselves are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge and able also to admonish one another.
Rom. 15:14

My children need to be encouraged that I am convinced that they are full of goodness and filled with knowledge.  Not to be beaten over the head with how disappointed I am in their ratfink-y behavior, or shamed with “I can’t believe you’re acting that way!”  Because the truth is, why on earth would I not believe it, when I certainly acted much the same way as a child?  Empathizing with our children in their sin and encouraging them toward something better–believing that they are filled with God’s goodness and are able to let it play out in their lives if they choose to–will go farther than guilt and shame any day. 

Ahem.  Sorry, preaching to myself this morning, LOL!

But what really blows me away is this . . .

For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name, that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His spirit in the inner man, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith, and that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and heighth and depth, and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God. Eph. 3:14-19

Wow.  Filled up with the fullness of God.  I’ll take that!  Sounds like true fulfillment to me.

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