Are you a “glass half full person” or “glass half empty?”
Neither view stands more correct than the other. They both hold reason and evidence to their point.
Yet one perspective focuses on what is available and the other on what is lacking.
Perspective is everything. Our perspective and understanding of God and the Gospel of Jesus Christ can limit the Truth or free it to work amazing ways in our life. So, I ask again. In regards to God’s love and the power of the Cross, is your glass half full or half empty?
Do you focus on what the Bible promises or the lack of evidence of change or peace in your life?
One of my favorite prayers in the Bible comes from the pen of Paul.
I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, having the eyes of your hearts enlightened , that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe according to the work of his great might that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at the right hand in the heavenly places . . . .And he put all things under his feet and gave him as head over all things to the church which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all (Ephesians 1:16-22 ESV).
How I pray this for all of us. I pray for a perspective change. That we would begin to understand and employ the riches of Christ while breathing air on this planet. Some of us are still trying to be good enough even though we know that we are only saved by grace. We believe we are “saved” but we haven’t accepted what he has for us here.
The last sentence has always intrigued me. The one that says the church is “the fullness of him who fills all in all.”
I like the word fullness. But I’ve never been able to wrap my brain around it until I looked into the Greek counterpart of our translation. Notice each word in the definition.
pleroma- accomplish, complete, elapse, fill (up), finish, fulfill . . . (Key Word)
What if Paul wrote that the church (we) fulfill or complete the Gospel of Christ?
Christ who “fills all in all.” Look at the Greek word for fill:
pleroo- figuratively, to fill, supply abundantly with something, impart richly. . . (Complete Word Study)
Christ who “supplies abundantly all in all.”
If I’m waiting for Jesus to fill me, my eyes will be on the empty half. But if I focus the fact that it is done, completed and all is already supplied, all I need to do is drink it in.
There’s something to be said about humble confidence. I believe Paul’s words give reason for confidence to walk out our front doors this morning prepared to bless the world, to be an extension, a completion of Jesus to those we meet today, and to trust Christ has supplied us with all we need to walk in this new perspective. It’s already in us. We’ve only to tap into it.[tweetability]You are a life-giver, a life-changer, a giver of grace today. . . the completion of Christ.[/tweetability]
Your glass is full.
How will you walk out this truth today?
Much grace, with purpose beyond me,