How do you measure success in your life? Most of us would probably list things like happiness, financial security, a satisfying career, or good relationships with others as indicators of a successful life.
Those are certainly good things, but the Bible sets a different and more compelling standard for our lives than simple material happiness and stability. According to this Our Daily Bread devotional, human beings find true fulfillment when they become whole:
The issue was not happiness, prosperity, or satisfaction, but wholeness. This is the great need of us all.
In the King James Version of the Bible, the word whole is often used to describe Jesus’ work of physical healing. When the Lord encountered a man who had been an invalid for 38 years, He asked, “Wilt thou be made whole?” (John 5:5-6 KJV). After Jesus healed the man, He challenged him to also embrace spiritual wholeness: “See, you have been made well. Sin no more, lest a worse thing come upon you” (v.14).
If we only want something Jesus can do for us, our relationship with Him will be limited. When we want Jesus Himself, He brings completeness to our lives. Christ wants, first and foremost, to make us whole.
Consider the last 24 hours of your life. Are your actions and thoughts during that time characterized by wholeness? As you go through your day today, take a few moments to think through these questions:
- Does your life feel “whole”? Why or why not?
- Is there such a thing as an incomplete, or “limited,” relationship with Jesus? What would that look like?
- What change does Jesus bring into your life when he makes you whole?