Paupers and Kings

John 1:14,16 ¶ And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth. And of His fullness we have all received, and grace for grace.

When I accepted Christ into my life in 1973 I had no idea the magnitude of what had happened. I had just begun to connect the dots of my sin, the cross, and forgiveness of my sin. As I began to read my Bible and grow in the Spirit I began to catch glimpses of what John called, in today’s passage, as fullness. It started as I began to see the fullness of God in this man, Jesus of Nazareth. As I continued on in my spiritual journey I began to think the unthinkable. This fullness was now in me. Like John said, ‘of His fullness we have all received, grace upon grace upon grace’. I now find myself in the most amazing life, the fullness of God is my portion. He fills and overflows our hearts with a life that we never thought possible on this side of heaven. Just think about it, if His presence is so overwhelming that we sometimes have our breath taken away and can’t stand in His presence in this life; what will heaven be like? Unthinkable!!! Here are some thoughts from Andrew Murray on this fullness in Christ.

“Read these words until you are gripped by the transcendent fullness of Christ. Let the Spirit lead you into worship appropriate to the One in whom all fullness dwells. I may receive a purse containing very little or nothing at all, or it may contain a substantial amount. Thus it is with Christians. Some receive Christ in terms of the forgiveness of sin and the hope of heaven, yet know little of His fullness and the wealth that is to be found in Him. Others will sacrifice everything in order to be able to say, “From the fullness of his grace we have … received one blessing after another.” Paul was such a one. He said, “I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord”….Have you come to know the Christ in whom such fullness dwells? Or do you live as a pauper, largely dependent on the world for your joy?”

What a question, it begs to be asked again. Are you satisfied living as a pauper dependent on the world for your source of joy or have you discovered the fullness that fills us now?!?!

2 Replies to “Paupers and Kings”

  1. Isn’t it something that some of the more “popular preachers” outline how to prosper in this life. While Jesus told the guy who seemed to “do” everything correctly, to give away his possessions, and by doing so, would have the best life here and in heaven. We again have it all backwards, to really live we must die, over and over quite frankly, and to gain Kingdom joy, we must rid ourselves of “worldly idols” To some that may mean become a pauper, and to others, simply not storing up treasures that perish, because they know where true joy is located for them at any given minute.

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