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Devotional - week of July 28, 2002


FILLED AND FULFILLED

I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.  John 10:10b

But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.  John 4:14

With the terms “life abundantly” and “everlasting life” Jesus was speaking of a life of fulfillment. Such an exalted life is characterized by several things. A few are listed.

Personal experience and personal observation of others have shown that possibly nothing gives believers a greater sense of fulfillment than sacrificial giving to meet the needs of others.

A believer’s sense of fulfillment is characterized by the knowledge that he is growing as a Christian; he is experiencing freedom from troubling sins and being filled with desired Christian virtues.

A believer’s inner peace that he is walking with the Lord is accompanied with a positive sense of fulfillment.

When Jesus said the water He gives provides “everlasting life,” He was speaking of the Holy Spirit.

The water that produces the everlasting, fulfilled life is continuously springing up. We must continuously drink of that water. The Apostle Paul describes our drinking of the water as “being filled with the Holy Spirit.”

Our sense of fulfillment is the result of our continually being filled with the Holy Spirit.

When we are filled with the Holy Spirit, we do engage in sacrificial giving to meets the needs of others. We do grow as Christians. We do have a continual walk with God.

For the “fulfilling,” we receive the “filling” of the water that is springing up.

And how do we continue to receive the filling? We only need to live out the five commands of Romans 6:11-13.