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How To Become Whole And Complete Like Jesus

The missing piece to becoming whole and complete

I found inspiration to write this article on how to become whole and complete after reading Alain De Botton’s work “On Love”, wherein he references a notable quote from a French philosopher:

“Albert Camus suggested we fall in love with people because from the outside they look “whole” physically whole and emotionally together when subjectively, we feel dispersed and confused. We would not love if there were no lack within us, but we are offended by the discovery of a similar lack in another. Expecting to find an answer, we find only a duplicate of our own problem”

This thought-provoking quote led me to ponder into various questions one being why we often feel incomplete and how was Jesus is the sole exception to this universal sense of inadequacy?

By approaching God with the innocence of a child seeking answers, I was humbled by the enlightening response I received, which I am eager to share in this article.

1. Why Man feel Incomplete

Albert Camus’ statement can be interpreted as suggesting that individuals often seek romantic relationships in pursuit of a sense of completion. This viewpoint implies that people may perceive themselves as lacking something essential, leading them to believe that a partner can fulfill this perceived void. 

Consequently, when individuals enter into relationships with such expectations, they may eventually realize that their partners are equally imperfect, resulting in disappointment. This scenario is often exemplified by expressions like “So-and-so completes me; I am deeply in love,” which can later give way to disillusionment as the reality of the other person’s imperfections becomes apparent.

Camus’ insight prompted me into a deeper exploration on why this sense of incompleteness exists universally and how individuals attempt to address it through various means such as romantic relationships, consumerism, substance abuse, gaming and social media engagement among others.

2. How God Designed Man

When God created man, it is written Genesis 2:7, “Then God formed man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.” This passage signifies that according to God, to be a living being involves having His Spirit within; His Spirit gives life (2 Corinthians 3:6).

Subsequently, God instructed Adam that eating from the tree of knowledge of good and evil would result in death. In this context, death refers to the departure of God’s Spirit from man, a consequence experienced by Adam and Eve after the Fall and all humanity.

The aftermath of the Fall is that every individual is born devoid of the Spirit of God. Throughout life’s journey, there is an inherent quest to fill this spiritual void. This pursuit manifests in endeavors like amassing wealth, seeking love and companionship, or grappling with various addictions; however, these endeavors often leave us feeling unfulfilled and dissatisfied. 

3. How To Become Whole and Complete

Various philosophies attempt to address this sense of emptiness within us, yet none can truly satisfy this profound void. Only the Spirit of God can occupy the space within us that was originally meant for Himbringing true inner contentment and fulfillment. Neither relationships nor material wealth can fill this void; only God’s presence can. 

The apostle Paul’s prayer for the Ephesian church exemplifies this sentiment: “That you may be filled with all the fullness of God” (Ephesians 3:17). Pursuing and achieving the fullness of God’s presence is the ultimate completeness we can attain, rendering all other pursuits secondary. 

As Jesus advised, prioritizing the Kingdom of God and righteousness will naturally lead to the fulfillment of all other needs (Matthew 6:33). Today, society often seeks fulfillment through the pursuit of wealth, fame, and prestigious careers, contrary to the wisdom of Jesus’s teaching.

4. How Jesus Was Whole And Complete

The question, why Jesus never felt lacking and incomplete also led me to explore the unique circumstances of His birth. Jesus’ mother, Mary, conceived him through the divine intervention of the Holy Spirit. The prophecy by Isaiah foretold His name as Immanuel, translating to “God is with us,” emphasizing Jesus’ divine nature. 

His birth is characterized by completeness, devoid of any lack, embodying both human and divine essence, as He possessed the entirety of God within him from birth. 

Throughout the gospel narratives, Jesus never exhibited any sense of inadequacy as demonstrated by his ability to perform miracles, signs, and wonders because he was filled with the fullness of God (Colossians 1:19). Peter’s acknowledgment of Jesus as the Christ, the Son of the living God, underscores the infallible truth that Jesus was God incarnate, a man filled with the Spirit of God.

Becoming a whole and complete individual

5. How Does A Whole Person Look Like

Jesus as the Son of God meant that he lacked nothing in this world, he had no addiction to fill a void, his relationships with men was marked by giving and not getting. He gave peace, he gave the Good News of the Kingdom of God, he gave healing to the sick, he gave freedom to those who were living in spiritual bondage, he gave wisdom through parables, and ultimately, he gave up his life for us. This was a man who manifested the totality of Deity, the Spirit that created the entire Universe was in him. 

Contrastingly, all individuals are born incomplete, our lives are characterized by getting, we enter the working environment to earn money, seek relationships to attain love, enroll in school get wisdom, seek philosophies that will give us peace, and more. Jesus knew our core need when he came on earth, and through him we receive everything that pertains to life including the Spirit of God. 

The wisdom, love, friendship, joy and peace that we profoundly desire to make our lives complete is found in the Kingdom of God and living righteously by obeying God’s word (Matthew 6:33). We receive the Spirit of God, the Holy Spirit, when we repent of our sins and accept Jesus as Lord over our lives, as this occurs, the Holy Spirit brings a life of abundance.

6. Concluding Remarks

Through Christ and receipt of the Holy Spirit, we become of become whole and complete (Colossians 2:10), not needing anything (Philippians 3:12). Here are some elements that characterise wholeness and completeness:

  • Our career pursuit is not solely for personal fulfillment, but rather to share our wisdom and expertise with an organization.
  • In relationships, we do not seek love but bring abundant love to share with our significant other.
  • We enter chaotic environments and turn them into peaceful havens.
  • Our pursuit of entertainment ends as we are filled with the joy and happiness bestowed by God.
  • Instead of accumulating wealth, we become generous givers of the resources supplied by God’s infinite abundance (Deuteronomy 8:18).

Finally, understand that becoming a saint (whole and complete) is a lifelong journey, so it is important to continuously seek wisdom from God’s Word every day (Joshua 1:8).

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