Introduction to the Fulness of Christ Series
Updated: Apr 30, 2020
When I started the blog almost four years ago, I was led to focus on four major goals found in Ephesians 4:13:
13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:
If you’ve ever visited the home page of the blog, you may recall that I outlined the purpose of our Unity and Faith community there. After careful consideration, I feel the need to finally turn our focus to a very important topic: how we can achieve the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ.
Let’s break down the phrase so we can understand its meaning. We measure things every day. Some of those things include time, height of a child on a wall, ingredients of a recipe, and so on. When we turn our thoughts to the phrase we will be studying over the next few months, I want you to think of the word measure as the growth of your soul in degrees. The scale you will use to measure this growth is spiritual and personal, but you will compare your scale to Christ’s perfection. I know what you are thinking right now, “well, I might as well stop reading because who can measure up to Christ?” True, none of us can, but He believes that we can. That’s all that matters. Through this series, I hope to give you the tools to unlock your potential and achieve what Christ knows you can achieve.
You must have met some very tall individuals in your life. I want you to think of a time when you were a child and literally looked up to an adult and thought, "man, I hope I can be as tall as so and so one day!" I had those thoughts as a little girl when I looked up at my Uncle Boris every time we went over to visit him. I was always so amazed at how tall he was, and I wanted to one day be as tall as him. A few years, feet, and inches later, he came to visit us with his family in the United States. I was a teenager, and as soon as I saw him, I remembered my little thoughts as a girl. I was finally taller, but not quite tall enough yet! At least I wasn’t straining my neck to look up at him anymore! I never did get to be as tall as he is, even now at my full 5’4.5” and that is okay! We all know Christ is the most amazing spiritual giant that has lived on earth. If we were to compare ourselves “height” wise to Him, we would probably have similar thoughts. But the principle to focus on here is the aspiration to become like Him. With the thoughts of a child, look up, be amazed at how grand Jesus Christ is, and strive to be as “tall” as Him one day!
Bear with me on this next analogy! Picture yourself at an all you can eat buffet. Are you the person that likes to pile on as much food on one plate as possible so you don’t have to go back several times or are you the person that puts some food on the plate with the plan to go back for seconds once you know you can handle more food? I am both; it depends on my mood when I go to a buffet. Regardless of how much food you pile on or how many times you go back, at some point during your feast, you reach the point where you are almost full and have to think about whether or not you will be able to eat some more. Eventually, you fill up and are satisfied. In the spiritual aspect of things, I don’t know if we are even close to feeling almost full just yet. Again, that is a personal matter. I know that I am not. That is one way to look at fulness of Christ.
The other way is to examine whether or not we are whole or complete in and because of Christ. That is the ultimate goal. The more we become like Christ, the sooner we will start to feel complete. It could take a lifetime to close the gap a few centimeters. But if we start today, we will be closer to the ultimate goal than if we wait a decade or two. I invite you to join me in the Fulness of Christ series as we discover together how we can achieve the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ.
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