Jennifer Kostick– Jennifer has been married for twenty-three years to her high school sweetheart, Paul. She is the mother of three children, Paul IV (22), Samuel (6), and Grace (6). She also has six babies residing in heaven. It is those six tiny souls who have propelled her into women’s ministry. She is a conference speaker and author of the book Nothing to Hold but Hope (one woman's journey through miscarriage, stillbirth, and infertility). Jennifer blogs at www.Jenniferkostick.com and is passionate about encouraging women through a godly message of mercy and hope.
I sat with my pen in hand and Bible open wide as I read through the passage. I'm tired, not feeling well, and frustrated. I don't like roadblocks. It's always something, were the words on my mind.
As my eyes continued to scan, my mind was putting up a fight to process what I was reading. My heart just wasn't in it. And then I finished the letter, the one Paul wrote to the Corinthians, and as he said his farewell, he gave a command: "Become complete." (See 2 Corinthians 13:11)
My world stopped for a moment.
Become complete. Yeah, I want that, need that, long for that.
What do I know about completion? What does the Bible tell me?
Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ;
Epaphras, who is one of you, a bondservant of Christ, greets you, always laboring fervently for you in prayers, that you may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God.
Now may the God of peace who brought up our Lord Jesus from the dead, that great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, 21 make you complete in every good work to do His will, working in you what is well pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.
But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.
Friend, we were made for completion. We were made to submit to the will of God, allowing Him to work deeply inside every little gap we have, that He might seal them together for completion in ,and through, Christ Jesus.
We were made for so much more than we imagined because God's definition of complete holds more beauty than any of us will ever know this side of heaven. It's a mystery wrapped in grace and truth that are called together to make us whole. All things are possible with God, even the completion of our darkest and most desolate places.
It's up to us to give every burden, that He may give us all we need.
Let completion in Christ be the theme of our hearts today.
You were made for it!