Transformational Truths

How to Live a Full Christian Life

Jesus came for all — “that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” The full Christian life is possible. So how is it lived? How can it be accomplished?

Fullness comes when we are satisfied, content, and filled up. When Jesus answered His disciples about how he was full when he hadn’t eaten anything by way of his mouth; He said, “My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work.” (John 4:34)

The way Jesus lived a full life, even when he had taken in no physical meat, was to do the purpose, plan, and pleasure of His Father. Jesus was full of obedience to all His father instructed Him to do.

When Jesus was 12 years old in the temple, it was recorded in Luke 2, “all that heard him were astonished at his understanding and answers.” The text further explains “Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man.” This means, he continued to learn and grow.

Obedience was a way of life for Jesus. It was what kept Him full and kept Him going. It was said of Jesus that “though he was a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered.” (Hebrews 5:8) It was the fulfilment and delight of Jesus to do the will of God. He learned the will of God in the book that was written of Him. (Psalm 40:7-8)

The way of fulfillment for us is not different than it was for Jesus. The same abundant life Jesus lived, is the same abundant life we can live. Jesus’ life was not free of problems. He was known as “a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief.” (Isaiah 53:3) Additionally, he was “as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.” (Isaiah 53:7) In other words, He did not talk back to God about what God had instructed Him to do.

The plan, pleasure, and purpose of God was written in the book of God. Jesus was fulfilled as he learned and carried out the will of God. His abundance, fulfillment, contentment was in knowing and doing all God had written for him to know and do in the written word.

Jesus’ life was hard, difficult, and painful. Yet, in the height of his suffering, he prayed, “Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me. Nevertheless, not my will, but yours, be done.” (Luke 22:42) It was God’s will to “crush” Jesus so that we could have this abundant life Jesus came to bring. Jesus’ life was abundant because he always sought to know and do all the Father had written for Him to know and to do.

Today, as you contemplate your own “full Christian Life”, how satisfied are you? Do you have some hunger pains that make you feel weak and tired? The way of fullness for the Christian is by filling up on “righteousness”. The blessed, fully satisfied individual is the one who hungers and thirsts after righteousness. (Matthew 5:6)

Fullness for the Christian is only accomplished by knowing and doing the will of God. Like Jesus (John 4) who was so tired physically that he couldn’t go further than the well, ate nothing, and was filled up because He had done the will of God; we too can live the “Full Christian Life” by knowing and doing all that is written in God’s Word concerning us.

2 Timothy 3:16-17 says it well – “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.”

Bible reading and study is useful for many things, one of which is “training in righteousness”. Those who hunger and thirst after “righteousness” will be filled. The abundant life is one that is “trained”.

Set aside time to “train” every day. Joshua guarantees success with the following training method. “This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein; for then though shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success” Joshua 1:8

  • Continually Speak The Word of God
  • Continually Think The Word of God
  • Continually Do The Word of God


Written By: Anne Gurley

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