“Living A Fulfilled Life In Christ” (Part 1)
The fulfillment of life means that you are doing what was designed within you to accomplish. This does not mean that you are without difficulties but you are where you are meant to be. Each of us has a purpose that was instilled in us even before we were born. Living a fulfilled life with Christ not only confirms our purpose but comes with spoken and written added promises and benefits for living out that life.
37On the last and greatest day of the feast, Jesus, stood and said in a loud voice, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. 38Whoever believes in me as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him”.
“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full”.
Vineyard Living (John 15:1-8)
- God the Father is the one who tends to the Vine
- Jesus is the Vine
- The branches refer to we the believers. We are the extension of the Vine.
“If you obey my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have obeyed my Father’s commands and remain in his love, “I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete”.
- Believers are then expected to produce fruit.
What is considered fruit?
“You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit – fruit that will last”. John 15:16
“All over the world the gospel is bearing fruit and growing”. Colossians 1:6
“Let our people also learn to maintain good works, to meet urgent needs that they may not be unfruitful”. Titus 3:14
Material blessings and gifts are called fruit in Romans 15:28
“Let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise – the fruit of lips that confess his name”. Hebrews 13:15
“The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness and self-control”. Galatians 5:22-23
We are empowered to give back to others what we have been given through the Holy Spirit.
Romans 15:13 states…
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit”.
Living A Fulfilled Life In Christ (Part 2)
Part 1 of Living A Fulfilled Life in Christ covered the essentials or the foundation of the study. Christ is the Vine. God the Father is the Gardener who tends to the Vine. We the believers are the branches. We must remain in that relationship to Christ to be fruitful. We carry out daily what God intended on earth to be accomplished. The Holy Spirit equips us with the abilities to love, teach and serve others.
What happens when we begin to get weary doing those things though? Here are some ways to combat the fatigue that will most likely plague many believers at some point in their walk with Christ.
Believers must remain:
Prayerful – Colossians 4:2
- Devote yourselves to prayer being watchful and thankful.
Thankful – Ephesians 5:20
- Always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
- rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness – Colossians 2:7
Forgiving – Luke 17:4
- If he sins against you seven times in a day, and seven times comes back to you and says, ‘I repent’, forgive him.
- Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.
Alert – Mark 13:35-37
- 35Therefore keep watch because you do not know when the owner of the house will come back – whether in the evening, or at midnight, or the rooster crows, or at dawn. 36 If he comes suddenly, do not let him find you sleeping. 37 What I say to you, I say to everyone:”Watch”.
Prepared – Ephes. 6:10-18
- … 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything to stand, 14 stand firm then, with the …
- Belt of Truth
- Breastplate of Righteousness
- Sandals of Peace
- Shield of Faith
- Helmet of Salvation
- Sword of the Spirit (the Word)
Determined – Phil. 3:14
- I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.
United – Colossians 2:2
- My purpose is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ.