Unending Fulfillment, and How to Find It

Bible, happy boy

I went to bed with a full heart last night. This morning, I wake up to email ads with titles the likes of, “Didn’t get what you wanted?” These advertisements reflect the reality that, on the heels of the holidays, many feel a sense of letdown. Businesses capitalize on this by immediately beginning their “After Christmas” sales campaigns.

With Advent calendars… stores decked out to overflowing with everything imaginable related to Christmas… holiday music on every loud speaker… and the adrenaline rush of preparation… there is such a buildup to the big day! But now it is over. Countless loved ones have said their goodbyes and are heading back to their corner of the country to resume everyday life.

How are you feeling, as you look at your tree and think about the imminent job of taking down your lights and packing it all up again for another year?

Oftentimes, we have great expectations for elements of our lives, and find ourselves disappointed in the end. This is because earthly things were never meant to satisfy the deepest parts of us. If we allow them to, those disappointments can drive us into the arms of the only One who can.

In His legendary Sermon on the Mount, Jesus lovingly gave us the secret to real contentment: “So above all, constantly chase after the realm of God’s kingdom and the righteousness that proceeds from him” (Matt. 6:33, tPt).

Do you see that? “Above all” means Holy Spirit is highlighting this in brilliant yellow and drawing arrows to it from all sides. This top priority instruction links in directly with His promise: “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied” (Matt. 5:6, ESV, bold emphasis mine).

I want you to notice something here. Matthew 5:6 is not only a guarantee that the spiritually ravenous will be fed. It is also an observation of a general principle that governs the universe: the fulfillment of spiritual longings in the only thing that is going to provide human beings with enduring, genuine satisfaction. The ones hungry and thirsty for God – they, and no one else – are going to be truly filled.

Hungering and thirsting for God’s realm, for God’s reality, for God’s righteousness, for the riches of deep friendship with God, is what we were made for. Pursuit of His heart, of His passions, of His presence, is the only thing that will ultimately replace our emptiness with overflowing contentment.

It’s not about the next big thing. No promotion, no achievement, no romantic relationship, no moving on to the next long anticipated season in life, is going to be what makes you finally happy. It’s about Him. You were created for Him.

Truth be told, you already have everything you need to enjoy life with rich fulfillment. Here. Now. Run after His Kingdom; run after Him with all that is within you… and you shall be satisfied.

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How was your Christmas? Did you get a chance to soak in His presence in the midst of everything?

 

14 thoughts on “Unending Fulfillment, and How to Find It

  1. Thanks Jennifer for the encouraging words. I for a second let the thought of i wish i had this and that and comparing my situation to others made me loose sight of what Christmas is really about. I thank God that He brought me back and i realized i have eveything i need to be happy! God has indeed blessed me and its not my situation that makes me happy, its knowing Him and giving Him praise and worship. Being busy and forgetting to worship and soak His presence is what was making me feel unfulfield!

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    1. I praise God for that with you, Gladys! He is so good, so patient, so kind! I’m actually with you there. While I did manage to have some quiet time in the midst of all the busyness, it wasn’t as much as is ideal, so I find myself coming back to center too. I’m so glad He “lubricates” that process for us with the oil of joy when we draw near! Love you very much 🙂 ❤

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  2. Jennifer, my greatest gift in this season, was and is to be in the presence of the King of Kings. To know that He is with me now and forever. Trusting and believing in His Word of Truth that causes me to live in the Righteousness of the Son of God. Amen len w

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  3. This is where I’ve felt like, from Scripture, the “voice crying out in the wilderness.” I was raised on the notion that Christmas is a one-day season, beginning and ending on the 25th. We had to hit both sets of grandparents in one day, and by the time we got to the second set, I was so exhausted I didn’t care what happened– which wasn’t fair to them or me.
    As a parent and as an ordained minister, I’ve tried to drill the idea that the birthday of the Word Made Flesh deserves more than a rushed one-day party. It’s okay to say “Merry Christmas” after the 25th, because the event is THAT IMPORTANT!! Our tree will not come down until early January, because the celebration needs to continue!

    Related point– a wise uncle once asked, “Why is it that we only hear Bible passages about Jesus’ birth at Christmas? Should we not consider that event all year long?” Food for thought . . . .

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    1. I very much like that question from your uncle! I actually make reference to the story at other points in the year myself, because I cherish it so much 🙂 I was just telling my kids that our celebration will continue yet. We saved our activity of making a birthday cake for Jesus for after the 25th. Here in Latin America, a lot of people actually continue the celebration until January 6th 🙂

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  4. I’m hosting family this Christmas-quite busy. I’m in servant posture right now. But I’ve been able to find some time at the start of each day to play a you tube soaking video- Dappy Keys has some great ones out there. Excellent truths Jenn!! My soul longs for Him, only He satisfies. A Late Merry Christmas to you and yours ;-D. Love you, Ann

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  5. Our tree and decorations certainly do not come down until the 6th January. On that day it is an opportunity to reflect on the why and how of the remembrance of the Season. If Christmas is not about GIVING rather than RECEIVING it has missed the whole point of why the baby was born. Yes it was possible in the midst of unusual circumstances of ‘hype’ and excitement when the house become a hotbed of unusual little feet etc and the little dog was ‘overwhelmed’. yet indeed there were the moments of beauty and peace where His Presence (because we expected and asked for Him) came into our lives. Even Christian friends broke through the ‘din’ of our materialistic world by even sending links on e-mails to spaces of beauty and peace. music and visually. The frenic day after Christmas Day materialism quite honestly ‘sickens’ me as it was never meant to be about ‘gimme gimme!’ but the extra day to sit and be thankful for what we have in our lives already.

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    1. I’m so very, very glad He graced your home with His beauty, peace, and stillness! I love it that you welcomed and expected Him. I know He loves that so much, much more than you and I can even conceive of. Our decorations won’t be down for several more days either 🙂 Much love to you!!

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