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What Are You Missing?

Maybe you’re like me. You believe God’s grace is sufficient, but sometimes there’s a subtle disconnect between the truth of that and its application.

You begin to believe the next insight or revelation will be “the one.” You think, “this spiritual discipline is going to change everything.” You search your past to find that one broken area or lack that causes your current struggle or failure–on and on.

It doesn’t present itself as a never ending pursuit (because if it did, you would probably know better); it just feels like a natural part of a broken world. But it is assuredly a trap.

Yesterday, I had a bit of extended time driving in the car, and as I often do, I took the opportunity to pray. I was thanking God for His love and care, but then I shocked myself at one point with what I said. It was as if the Holy Spirit hit me over the head and opened my eyes to what I couldn’t see.

I said, “I am missing nothing.”

That may seem inconsequential, but instantly I saw the pattern I had fallen into as presented in the opening paragraphs. I had agreed with a lie when in reality, Christ is enough–more than enough, in fact.

For in [Christ] all the fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form, and in Him you have been made complete, and He is the head over all rule and authority… –Colossians 2:9-10 (NASB)

If you approach your life in Christ as incomplete, you get sidetracked and distracted easily. It’s not that you don’t love Him or want to give Him the best, but your pursuit of completeness through other means stands in your way. If you can truly take to heart that you are literally and not figuratively complete in Him, you see the progression into maturity for which you long.

Your life is not a series of puzzles to be solved, but a relationship to be built.

You’ve been blessed with every spiritual blessing (Ephesians 1:3). Knowing His love, you are being filled up with all the fullness of God (Ephesians 3:19).

By Completeness I do not mean to say perfection. You still work out your salvation with fear and trembling (Philippians 2:12). You go through a process (His individualized process) of bringing you to maturity.

You need revelation and insight from His word. You need spiritual disciplines. You need to allow Holy Spirit to illuminate your past in light of His grace and wisdom. The difference is, you aren’t pursuing those things as “missing links,” you are pursuing Him from your position of eternal completeness and wholeness.

Those things are no longer distractions because your loving attention is devoted to the Savior.

In difficulties, struggles, and times of testing–it becomes easy to convince yourself that something is missing. Resist it with all your heart. Everything you need, will need, or have needed has been provided through the sacrifice, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus.

Live or die–stand your ground on this truth.

What are your thoughts on this? Have you ever been tempted to believe you’re missing something?


  1. Amen, Jason! I am missing nothing when I have the eternal love and promise of Jesus.

    • It all begins and ends, rises and falls, on our connection (or lack thereof) to His love. He’s always so gracious to pursue us and bring us deeper into Him!

  2. I have fallen into this. Through discipleship and wise counsel I have come to see the trap that it is. To see the rut it and the inner turmoil it kept me in.
    Thank you for this so important point and reminder.

    • It’s crazy how simple it is to return to the idea even though we know it’s false. Maintaining that disciple and other relationships is so important! Thank you, Bob.

  3. Your life is not a series of puzzles to be solved, but a relationship to be built. Love this quote Jason, going to post it tomorrow on my fb. The truth you wrote about is a freedom truth. A couple of years ago I took the word, Knowledge, on as my word of the year. Halfway through the year I realized if I never gained any more knowledge and only went deeper into what I already had, it would be enough. It was a turning point in my thinking and God begin to give me deep insight, so deep it cannot be rooted out by anyone. I am His, He is mine, forever, whatever He has is mine to use, to give out to others with it being a threat to my relationship with Him. Great post brother.

    • Oh my, that’s so important! This is something God has emphasized to me the last year: there is no basic truth of scripture. We may have a basic understanding of His truth, but everything in Him is infinite. So like you say, there’s always opportunity to go deeper and allow Him to reveal more. God is incredible! Thanks so much, Betty.

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