strangest-child asked you:
Hey there! I would first want to say what an awesome job you are doing. Keep it up. I wanted to ask. How do you get completed by god. Without seeking something else to complete you? And how do you know when and how to ask for it?
Jed Brewer replied:
Hey my friend,
Thanks for your kind words!
So, how do you get completed by God? Well, now, that’s an interesting question.
The immediate Bible answer comes from the book of Philippians:
“Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” (Phil 1:6, NIV)
Here, Paul is saying that God is at work inside of you, changing and shaping you, and that His work will reach it’s conclusion when we go to eternity to be with Jesus.
But, if we dig a bit deeper on your question, what I hear you asking is, “How do I get to a point where I don’t feel like I’m missing something?” And that’s a great question.
The truth, my friend, is that we live in a fallen world. Even when we start walking with Jesus, we still have a sinful nature inside of us, and things are always going to feel at least a little bit off. We’re still going to experience a certain amount of loneliness, discouragement, and dissatisfaction.
As you hint at, a lot of folks turn to destructive things to deal with those feelings. Sex, drugs, and popularity are the obvious ones, but academic success and work promotions are used just as often. And none of them actually do the trick.
The key thing, when we feel incomplete, when we feel off, is to take that feeling to Jesus. It turns out that Jesus understands what we’re going through, and wants to give us the strength we need in that moment. Here’s what the Bible says:
“For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” (Hebrews 4:15-16, NIV)
You asked about God completing you, and making you whole. The truth is that he’s doing that – he’s at work on it right now – but it’s a process, and one that will take your whole life. But you need peace, and grace, and joy, and strength along the way.
You mentioned wondering about when to ask for what you need. The answer is: right now. Go ask for that peace and joy and strength to deal with feeling off. He wants to give it to you.