Countdown to Christmas – Day 22
Full To Overflowing
The one who comes from above is above all; the one who is from the earth belongs to the earth, and speaks as one from the earth. The one who comes from heaven is above all. He testifies to what he has seen and heard, but no one accepts his testimony. Whoever has accepted it has certified that God is truthful. For the one whom God has sent speaks the words of God, for God gives the Spirit without limit. The Father loves the Son and has placed everything in his hands. Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on them.
Limitless. How lofty a goal and desire bred within our soul. How successful would the world see us if we achieved that which had no limit? Our potential, our bank accounts, even our success itself. But the only thing that God promises us that has no limit is God Himself- His love, His Spirit, His Son. Everything good, holy, and righteous which is poured out upon us comes from God therefore is God.
If we seek Christ above all else in life then nothing else will matter all that much for our hearts will be full. Full to overflowing. We will have it in abundance we are promised. And forever.
It is difficult to imagine in our somewhat limited vision just what eternal means especially when we think of life as everlasting. The truth is that we were never promised an easy life nor one void of pain or discomfort. Each and every one of us must live the days we are given and then we will pass from this world. Step within the sliding glass doors of any hospital or visit the remote fields of any third world country and you will witness this reality. Life is fragile.
Christ promises that with Him we will overcome the sting of death and live forever in glory by His side. No more pain, no more suffering. It is when deaths sting makes its mark upon our tender soul that makes the difference between one who is submitted unto Christ believing in faith, and one who is not. Christ did not come to help us avoid the storms of life but carry us through them. When the rains come and we feel their tell-tale stinging, it is the come Messiah- the Prince of Peace- who settles the storm from within without limit for His power has none. And we do not have to understand it but simply accept it.
Father, please fill me with your presence and Spirit to the point of overflowing. May I not seek to understand the complexities of life and its fragile nature, but find peace knowing you’re in the centre of it all. In Jesus name, amen.