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Illustration: Have Natalia try to put together small puzzle that is missing a piece.
It’s frustrating to put a puzzle together only to find that you are missing one or two pieces that keep you from completing it.
Many people are frustrated - saved and unsaved alike - because they “feel” as though something, in their life, is missing. Unfortunately, they too often view Christ merely as the “missing piece.”

Christ is not the missing piece.

Colossians 1:28 KJV 1900
Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus:
Colossians 2:10 KJV 1900
And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:
Colossians 4:12 KJV 1900
Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Christ, saluteth you, always labouring fervently for you in prayers, that ye may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God.
As we will see, the Colosse Christians, while their faith for eternal life was in Jesus Christ, had been deceived into thinking that there was something more that needed to be done - that there was a missing piece.
Our culture deceives us into thinking that the reason that we seem to be unsatisfied and unfulfilled in our lives is because we are missing something. Because of that, individuals often “try” Jesus Christ as if He were some sort of missing piece.
Charles Spurgeon, the Prince of Preachers, said...
There are others in this world to whom Christ is something, but not much. They are anxious to save themselves, but since they must confess some imperfections they use the merits of Christ as a sort of makeweight for their slight deficiencies. Their robe is almost long enough, and by adding a little fringe of the Redeemer's grace it becomes all they can wish...They allow the blessed and all-sufficient work and sacrifice of the Savior to fill up their failures; and imagine that they are extremely humble in allowing so much as that. Jesus is to them a stopgap, and nothing more.
Christ is not simply the missing piece. Instead...

Christ is our life.

Colossians 3:3–4 KJV 1900
For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.
This reminds me of Galatians 2:20...
Galatians 2:20 KJV 1900
I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.
In Philippians 1:21...
Philippians 1:21 KJV 1900
For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.
As we head into this year we cannot look at Christ and our walk with Him as simply a piece of the puzzle. No. He is our life.
Christ is not the missing piece in your life…He is your life.
Christ is not simply something that you add to your life to make up your deficiencies…He is your life.
Christ is not simply that “activity” that you try when nothing else seems to work…He is your life.
If you by faith, have been redeemed through the blood of Jesus Christ than you are already complete. There is nothing more that you need to add!

Seek those things which are above.

Colossians 3:1 KJV 1900
If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.
Proverbs 8:17 KJV 1900
I love them that love me; And those that seek me early shall find me.
Jeremiah 29:13 KJV 1900
And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.
Turn to and read Matthew 6:24-34.
Matthew 6:32 KJV 1900
(For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.
There are things that those in this world seek after. Those are not the things which we - who know Christ - should be seeking after.
Matthew 6:33 KJV 1900
But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
You have a choice to make. What are you going to seek after in this new year.

Set your affections on things above.

Colossians 3:2 KJV 1900
Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.
The word that is used here is phroneo which means “to set your mind upon.” The same word is used in Philippians 2:5.
Philippians 2:5 KJV 1900
Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:
Contrast this mindset with that which is recorded in Philippians 3:19.
Philippians 3:19 KJV 1900
Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.)
In this coming year we will either set our minds upon those things which are above or we will set our minds upon those things here on this earth. The Bible describes for us what happens if we try to set our minds upon heavenly things and earthly things at the same time.
James 1:8 KJV 1900
A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.
Because you are complete in Christ, don’t be fickle! One day setting your mind upon things above; the next setting your mind upon things of the world. Because you are complete in Christ, set your mind upon things above!
To accomplish that...

Saturate your life with the Word of God.

Colossians 3:16 KJV 1900
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.
This is one of my favorite verses. “Let the word of Christ dwell in your richly...” While it is one of my favorite verses I don’t believe I have yet come to the point where it is a reality for me!
Jesus said...
John 15:4 KJV 1900
Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.
Remember, we are complete in Christ; abide in Him! How?
John 15:7 KJV 1900
If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.
Two things that I would to challenge you with for this year:
Read God’s Word. Don’t read and listen to what others say about God’s Word. You read it for yourself.
Memorize and meditate in God’s Word. Our Scripture memory for this coming year is Colossians 3:1-17. We will begin with verses 1 and 2. Let’s go over those together.
Because we are complete in Christ, let us seek those things which are above; set our minds upon that which above; and then saturate our minds with God’s Word!
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