Sunday, September 27, 2009

Complete in Christ

"But Godliness with contentment is great gain." (1 Timothy 6:6) Would you like to know the "secret" to being content? I believe we can truly be content only when we realize that we are complete in Christ. No one else and nothing else will ever make us complete. Three years ago, I wrote the following poem, "Complete in Christ" to remind myself of that, and hopefully, it may encourage others as well.

Complete in Christ

Philosophy, psychology
Idolatry, ceremony
They do not set us free.
We are complete in Christ...Christ alone.

Legalism, mysticism, asceticism
Animism, Hinduism, Buddhism
Don't be fooled and trapped in man-made religions.
We are complete in Christ...Christ alone.

Spiritual formulas, worldly principles
Self-help books, staged miracles
These won't save us. Don't be gullible.
We are complete in Christ...Christ alone.

Elaborate church buildings, expensive programs
Certain prayer patterns...we have to discern
Don't be captivated. Don't be intimidated.
We are complete in Christ...Christ alone.

Popularity, plastic surgery
Model looks, designer clothes
Don't be envious. We don't need those.
We are complete in Christ...Christ alone.

Drugs, cults, New Age, evolution
Power, portfolios, prosperity
Don't be led astray. Don't love money.
We are complete in Christ...Christ alone.

Luxurious homes, acres & acres of land
Private planes, latest high-tech gadgets, fancy cars
We don't need anything extra.
We are complete in Christ...Christ alone.

Degrees, recognition, career
Costly hobbies, social status, approval of peers
Think of heaven, not just now and here
We are complete in Christ...Christ alone.

Human regulations, immediate gratification
Sensual indulgence, collection of things
They give us no peace. True joy..they don't bring
We are complete in Christ...Christ alone.

~ Copyright 2006 Urailak Liljequist

It's our human tendency to desire "more" and "better" and "new" and "exciting". It's our human tendency to get bored easily, to complain, and to be unthankful. With Christ's strength, we can overcome the human tendency (aka our sinful nature). "For 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." Colossians 2:9,10

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14 comments:

Cathy said...

A very nice poem ~ It covers everything.

Regina said...

Amen. Wonderful post. Thanks for sharing.
Have a blessed week.
MySpiritualSundayPost

SmilingSally said...

Thank you. I hope you have a beautiful Sunday.

enchanting cottage said...

This is a powerful poem!

Blessings
Ginger

Denise said...

Awesome.

Clif said...

Splendid! Something to think about. Thank you. Have a great week.

Charlotte said...

What a beautiful poem and the words are so true. In Christ alone. That's where it's AT.
Thank you for sharing.
Blessings,
Charlotte

Beautiful Pear Tree Lane said...

Thank you for sharing this most inspiring poem, How true the words are.
Blessings,
Sue

RCUBEs said...

Beautiful truth in that beautiful poem. God bless.

Tea Time and Roses said...

Vising you from Ginger's blog. Thank you so much for this beautiful reading. What a lovely place you have here.:o) Enjoy a beautiful week.

Smiles...

Beverly

Alexis said...

Beautiful post!! Thank you so much for sharing your poem link on my Faithful Rubies devotional blog.

Sunny Shell said...

Thanks for posting this sister! I love how you covered all the bases of what sometimes professing Christians turn to and even share...words of "wisdom", but really foolishness from those in this world who do not worship our Savior.

I appreciate you sister!♥
Sunny

Mystic_Mom said...

Well done poem!

jen revved said...

Not big on religious poems but thanks for participating in our poetry fest. xj

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