Monday, July 29, 2013

Feeling Incomplete?

Memorizing and Applying 1 Corinthians 13, One Verse per Week Series, Parts 9 and 10

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1 Corinthians 13:9-10 (NIV)
9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part,

10 but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears.

I tried to keep the original “one verse per week” intent, but had a difficult time separating these two verses. In his commentary about these verses, Matthew Henry mentions some incredible things to look forward to in “a future life.”

“There will be no need of tongues, and prophecy, and inspired knowledge, in a future life, because then the church will be in a state of perfection, complete both in knowledge and holiness. God will be known then clearly, and in a manner by intuition, and as perfectly as the capacity of glorified minds will allow; not by such transient glimpses, and little portions, as here.” (Emphasis added.)

But I don’t have to wait. I can pursue knowing God, and even grow in holiness (becoming more like Him) today. Because I know that as I do so, I might actually experience a taste of the future life in heaven. Wow!

And notice the words I italicized in Mr. Henry’s quote. Do you ever feel incomplete? Do you long for a completeness which can only be found in Him?

The Message Bible says it well:
But when the Complete arrives, our incompletes will be canceled.

As I continue to walk with Jesus and learn what pleases Him, I can’t wait to see how much closer I’ll be to Him a week from now. And just think what it could be like a year from now!

Let’s purpose to grow in the knowledge of God and His love for us (and in us.). And strive to mature in holiness in the way we love others.

Father, I pray my “incompletes” be canceled. Cancel any deceptive beliefs I have regarding You. Help me to grow in true knowledge, holiness and love (toward You and toward Your people.) I want You to complete me in every area!

This week’s goal:
To memorize 1 Corinthians 13:9 and 10, while continuing to allow God to complete me in every area – especially in the way I love Him and others. And to grow in holiness as I seek to know God better.

What about you?
  • In what areas are you incomplete as a person and as a Christ follower?

  • What are you willing to do to become more complete in Him?

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