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Living a Fulfilled Life

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Living a Fulfilled Life

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The Greatest Showman (From Now On)—> Led me to thinking about my own life.
If we think about our lives, and all of the things that we try to put our assurance in… both as Christians and non-Christians... To this day we will put our hope in parents, leaders, pastors, coaches. We put our hope in our savings account, our education. We put our hope in our talents, our abilities our gifts. We are all gifted in one way or another.
The Greatest Showman (From Now On)—> Led me to thinking about my own life.
We even put our hope in our own feelings/emotions/contentment… Do we feel fulfilled? Do we feel as if we have a sense of accomplishment in this life?
The answer to ultimate fulfillment is in the humanity of Jesus Christ, the divinity of Jesus Christ, and the actions Jesus Christ and the love of Jesus Christ.
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Philippians 3:12–16 NIV
12 Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. 13 Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. 15 All of us, then, who are mature should take such a view of things. And if on some point you think differently, that too God will make clear to you. 16 Only let us live up to what we have already attained.
Phil. 3
Philippians 3:4–11 NIV
4 though I myself have reasons for such confidence. If someone else thinks they have reasons to put confidence in the flesh, I have more: 5 circumcised on the eighth day, of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; in regard to the law, a Pharisee; 6 as for zeal, persecuting the church; as for righteousness based on the law, faultless. 7 But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. 8 What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ 9 and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ—the righteousness that comes from God on the basis of faith. 10 I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, 11 and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead.
Philippians 3:17–4:1 NIV
17 Join together in following my example, brothers and sisters, and just as you have us as a model, keep your eyes on those who live as we do. 18 For, as I have often told you before and now tell you again even with tears, many live as enemies of the cross of Christ. 19 Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach, and their glory is in their shame. Their mind is set on earthly things. 20 But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, 21 who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body. 1 Therefore, my brothers and sisters, you whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm in the Lord in this way, dear friends!
Philippians 3.4-
Philippians 4:4–9 NIV
4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. 8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. 9 Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.
Philippians 3:17-
Philippians 4:4-9
Discontentment vs Contentment
What you are doing in life, right now!
Enjoying God. Rejoicing in the knowledge of Christ. Jesus is enough.
Wherever you are at. You find what God has in store for you and you become content with that!
People will fade. Things will fade. They break, they fail, they go away. The knowledge of Christ is not only a knowledge of something good, but it is something that will never fade away. Digging ever deeper into the Word doesn’t have to be numbing, or exhausting. The message of the Word, the knowledge of Christ is life giving. The more we chase after Him, the more we desire Him.
Christ is the ultimate fulfillment.
The here. The right now. The perfect moment. no more waiting. no more pushing until tomorrow. Loving God with everything. Loving our neighbor as ourselves. Looking like and representing Christ. The time is now. Everything else is loss, if it is not driving us closer to Him.
The old proverb of “We are what we eat.”
What have you been filling yourself with lately. What are you hanging onto… Success, failure, pain, happiness…
Be ever seeking. In good and in bad… There is nothing greater to pursue than Jesus Christ Himself.
Jesus has made us His own. There is nothing more significant.
Follow the examples of the Godly men and women around us.
Time for contentment is now. Time for fulfillment is now. Nothing else matters.
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