A dream I had this morning left me feeling odd. In this dream, I was searching for something that would bring me peace and contentment. I was literally trying everything I could to find this desired state, and finally, after munch struggle, I found it. It was a little girl. And when I found this little girl, I knew she was what I’d been looking for, and I began to release all the other things I’d tried in search of satisfaction.
Well, who among us can’t relate to searching for something that seems to elude us, but we believe that once we get it, it will completely fill and satisfy us. It could be that career, that relationship, that fortune, that house…it could be any number of things. We think that if we just get that thing, all will be well with us and the world. But time and time again, we’ve been disappointed and discouraged. If we finally receive the thing we believe is the panacea for the lack of peace in our lives, we soon come to realize that it isn’t! So we go on a search for the next thing, and the pattern repeats itself.
I believe the message from that dream is that Jesus is the One thing that can fully complete us. Colossians 2:10 (KJV) says “And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power.” The NIV says that “in Christ you have been brought to fullness. He is the head over every power and authority.” According to Clarke’s Commentary on this verse, “the Colossians were empty – spoiled and deprived of every good, while following the empty philosophy and groundless traditions of Jewish and Gentile teachers; but since they had received Christ Jesus they were filled with him.” Doesn’t that sound like us? We are empty and trying to fill ourselves with any and everything, only to fall short every time. In Jesus, we find our completion, contentment, and peace.
So what does that mean? Do we stop striving for the dreams and goals we may have? Absolutely not! But we put those goals and dreams in their proper perspective. They are designed to give us some level of satisfaction and fulfillment, but they are not meant to complete us. Only Jesus can fill that space each of us has inside. And when we’re feeling empty and alone, we should seek Him out in prayer, Bible reading, meditation or quiet time (instead of trying to fill that space ourselves). And when we will draw closer to him, James tells us that Jesus will draw closer to us (James 4:8).
So today, I’m resting in the truth that I am already complete in Christ. I’m believing what Jesus said about seeking Him first and the kingdom of God. (Matthew 6:33) And I’ll strive to press into Him to remind myself that He is my source of peace and contentment. Will you do the same?