Sharing Your Spiritual Fullness

Spiritual Fullness

Originally Posted by Mike Young May 2005

What does it mean to have “life to the full”?

The first visual that may come to mind when you think of a full life may be a picture of activity and stuff. Our calendars are full of appointments, activities and events. Our houses, garages, closets and storage areas are filled with things of value.  Our yards are full of beautiful grass and flowers as well as play sets and toys. Our walls and trophy cases may be filled with recognition of our accomplishments. Our lives are often filled with things and/or obligations in which we invest in order to satisfy our own desires and make us happy. For many of us, there is great delight in sharing this fullness with others.

However, I believe the full life that Jesus calls us to is a life filled with Spiritual things, not worldly things. Now, the two thoughts don’t necessarily cancel each other out. You can certainly live a Spiritually filled life and have stuff as well. I think we have to be careful though, and make sure we don’t become distracted by the fullness of stuff and miss the Spiritual fullness Christ desires for us.

So then the question is raised. What does this Spiritual fullness look like? There are many possible explanations; I hope we will have opportunity to discuss others in the future. For now, one idea is this… In my mind this full life is overflowing with Spiritual fruit such that we have enough to fill our own lives as well as some to share. Notice I didn’t say that you have enough stuff to share; I said you have enough spiritual fruit to share. Galatians 5:22 identifies the fruit of the Spirit as …“love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control”. Read the list carefully again.

Do you have enough of each to fill your life and share with others? Have you brought home any joy lately? Have you shared some patience with your children this week? Have you given a co-worker any kindness lately? Did you have any gentleness for your wife when you came home from work yesterday? Would your family benefit from a special order of peace if you were to bring it home and share it? You wouldn’t feel badly about last week’s emotional outburst if you were overflowing with self-control rather than anger and stress. The problem is, we often become focused on filling our lives with stuff of the world and miss some of the more important things of life. Have you ever made this mistake?

Ponder these things and seek God’s wisdom about how your might be in a position to share a little fruit with your family each day. Share these thoughts with your wife. Could the two of you work together to make your home a place where more Spiritual fruit is shared? Consider printing out several copies of Galatians 5:22-23 {Download the Printable} and placing them in various places, i.e. refrigerator, car visor, bathroom mirror. Encourage everyone in your house to memorize the verse and share fruit with others.  

Galatians 5:22-23 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.

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