I have taken a lot of time this week, trying to get my head around Joni Eareckson-Tada’s thoughts about fullness in Christ. She reflects upon a verse from Colossians 2, which reads:
“In Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, and you have been given fullness in Christ, who is the head over every power and authority.”
Her reasoning (as I understand it) was that it is pointless to compare onself with others when one has ‘fullness in Christ’. I took a very literal view of her argument. How on Earth could I be full in Christ, and at the same time, those other people who have so much better and more loving qualities and relationships than me, also be full in Christ? Surely, I am lacking; they are much more Christ-like than me! It would be logically impossible for us all to be full. How can I be complete (as she suggests) when I am so not like Christ? The conclusion I have tentatively come to is that, with Christ’s help, which supports us in our limitations and weaknesses to make up for them, we are ‘complete in the moment’. That we have everything we need at present. Christ’s grace is sufficient for me; the Bible tells me that – I have everything I need through Him. But I still know that I have a lot of growing to do. I will be ‘complete’ in a different sense tomorrow, to that which I am today, as Christ grows in me and I in Him. I hope so, anyway. I want to be a more Christ-like person than I am now.