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A Fulfilled Existence

Posted on Sun, Mar 22, 2009

My friend, what positive impact can you freely make on someone’s life today, such impact that can cost you something dear and precious? Our spiritual freedom and heavenly citizenship cost Jesus Christ his saintly life on the cross. During this resurrection season when we are reflecting on Jesus Christ’s death on the cross, can you in appreciative service say with Isaac Watt: “Love so amazing so divine, demands my soul, my life and my all”, and sow into someone’s life?

What will you consider a fulfilled existence? Perhaps, a remarkable wealth, or such riches as often humorously referred to as “the American dream” consisting, among others, “a beautiful wife and children with at least a house, a car and a dog.”

Measured by that standard, Jesus Christ did not have a fulfilled existence because he was born “in a manger.”1 He had no house of his own. He said “The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head.”2 He ate his last super in a borrowed guest room.3   He rode on borrowed donkey4, and he was buried in a donated tomb.5 Think of it! “He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him.”6 When he was crucified on the cross for which it is written “Cursed is everyone who is hung on a tree,”7 Jesus Christ became “cursed” for us. To some, such existence cannot be fulfilling, and desirable.

First and foremost Jesus Christ was and still is a king. He created all things, and “in him all things consist.”8 But he became poor for our sakes, that he might obtain God’s righteousness for us which is not measured by material wealth and can not be obtained there from. “For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich.”9

 

A fulfilled existence is a life lived in selfless service of needy others. When we empty from our lives the things so dear and precious to us for the benefit of those in need, we become imitators of Jesus Christ. He was by nature God, but he humbly made “himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant” to identify with us - human – to reconcile us to himself.  For our sakes, “he humbled himself and became obedient to death even death on a cross!”10 Thus, Jesus Christ, in both his humanity and divinity, was and still is eminently fulfilled.

 

Look around and you will see many who are needy in some ways!  Do you have what would improve their living condition? Do not hold back – give it up for them and expect nothing in return. Then wait on God to reciprocate your efforts.

 

For a moment, stop and think of heaven – that is your eternal home if you have confessed Jesus Christ as your Lord! By his grace, Jesus Christ has freely secured it for you. This is a home of surpassing beauty and splendor- well beyond description. Of heaven, the bible says “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him.”11

 

 

 

Bible References: 1. Luke 2:7; 2. Matthew 8:20; 3. Luke 22:11-12; 4. Mathew 21:1-3

5. Matthew 27: 58-60; 6. Isaiah 53:2; 7. Galatians 3:13; 8.Colossians 1:17; 9. 2Corinthians 8:9; 10. Philippians 2:6-8; 11.1Corinthians 2:9

My friend, what positive impact can you freely make on someone’s life today, such impact that can cost you something dear and precious? Our spiritual freedom and heavenly citizenship cost Jesus Christ his saintly life on the cross.  During this resurrection season when we are reflecting on Jesus Christ’s death on the cross, can you in appreciative service say with Isaac Watt: “Love so amazing so divine, demands my soul, my life and my all”, and sow into someone’s life?

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