Fulfillment is about bringing closure to what was initiated. It also means “to measure up, to satisfy.” How we define being fulfilled dictates what kind of life we will lead. Say I determine that I am my own captain, then my fulfillment is confined by what I can and cannot do. If I concede control of my life to others then my fulfillment is defined by the will of those in power. If I believe that God is the One leading me then my fulfillment rests in gripping firmly the rope of His will.
Henry Blackaby, wrote in his book Experiencing God,
"What is God’s will for my life?—is not the right question. I think the right question is, What is God’s will? Once I know God’s will, then I can adjust my life to Him. In other words, what is it that God is purposing where I am. Once I know what God is doing, then I know what I need to do. The focus needs to be on God, not my life!"
Are you feeling unfulfilled? Does your fruit basket seem empty? Don’t despair! Don’t drink from the pity pail your enemy loves to fill and keep you drinking. Don’t give up! God has never yet lost His will! He knows what is best for you and I and that best is always the accomplishment of His mission. Do not be afraid to stop what you are doing and wait upon the Lord for His guidance. Set aside preoccupation with what you don’t know and discover what He is doing around you. Listen to His word and the leading of the Holy Spirit. If you will take your eyes off yourself and look for Him He promises to lead you and never forsake you.
The secret to fulfillment is Jesus Christ, the Savior of the lost. We know it inside just like we know to floss! When will we have the strength to go after His will and trust His voice? Can you camp on the beach of Desolation, eat from the can of Hardship and sleep on the sand of Uncertainty yet experience joy because your security is in your relationship to your heavenly Father? Can you live in the hamlet of Prosperity with all its trappings, work a great job and yet measure fulfillment not by what you own or do but by obeying the voice of your King? May God free us from the quicksand of self-fulfillment, give us an unquenchable thirst to know His will and the courage to live as He leads for His glory that we might know the thrill of fulfill!
Ephesians 1:9,10--He made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure that He planned in Him for the administration of the days of fulfillment—to bring everything together in the Messiah, both things in heaven and things on earth in Him.
The great cry today is, “Fulfill yourself, work out what is in you.” If you do, you will work out your own condemnation.—Oswald Chambers in The Servant as His Lord
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Ecclesiastes 12:10-The Teacher sought to find delightful sayings and to accurately write words of truth. (Holman CSB)