I. Wholeness Definition: A contentment based on Christ being sufficient for every area of life.
A. Holistic medicine.
· Characterized by the treatment of the whole person, taking into account mental, emotional, and social factors, rather than just the physical symptoms of a disease.
· You cannot separate one from the other. It’s all you and all of you need to be treated to be made Whole.
B. We believe God operates with a holistic approach to our lives.
John 5:1-8 after this, a Jewish festival took place, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 2 By the Sheep Gate in Jerusalem there is a pool, called Bethesda in Hebrew, which has five colonnades. 3 Within these lay a large number of the sick—blind, lame, and paralyzed [—waiting for the moving of the water, 4 because an angel would go down into the pool from time to time and stir up the water. Then the first one who got in after the water was stirred up recovered from whatever ailment he had]. 5 One man was there who had been sick for 38 years. 6 When Jesus saw him lying there and knew he had already been there a long time, He said to him, “Do you want to get well?” 7 “Sir,” the sick man answered, “I don’t have a man to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up, but while I’m coming, someone goes down ahead of me.”8 “Get up,” Jesus told him, “pick up your mat and walk!”
· The word well is the Greek word hugies: means sound, mentally, physically, spiritually; it’s the root word of hygiene.
· What Jesus asked him was… Do you want to be made whole?
C. Even though we all seem to agree, what we see is his people asking God to fix or heal parts of us.
· Let’s face the real Truth about ourselves. We don’t want to be made whole.
· There are some things we want God to change in our lives, but we don’t want him in every room in the house.
Even if we don’t want to be that way, sometimes it’s all we can see. The situation, the problem, the sickness. This is why we adopted this definition of wholeness at A Fresh Wind. It forces us to see around the mountains in our lives by approaching wholeness from a different perspective. God’s perspective. God sees His children as already whole.
A. We use this word because that’s what we lack.
· We are not content. We feel like we need to add things to Jesus to be whole.
· Jesus is sufficient. He is all you will ever need to be whole.
2 Corinthians 12:9 it says, "My grace," that is the grace of God in Christ, "is sufficient for you."
B. In Christ, we are whole. God sees us as whole.
Colossians 2:10a in Him you have been made complete.
· You are complete. I know that’s not what you want to hear because you hunger for these things. Thinking they will fix you and satisfy you.
1 Corinthians 1:30 God has united you with Christ Jesus. For our benefit God made him to be wisdom itself. Christ made us right with God; he made us pure and holy, and he freed us from sin. 31 Therefore, as the Scriptures say, “If you want to boast, boast only about the Lord.
· Jesus has made us right with God. He made us pure and Holy and free of sin. You didn’t do that. You didn’t facilitate it. You didn’t make it happen.
Ephesians 1:3 All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ
· Every spiritual blessing in heaven is ours because we are united with Christ.
· He has made us whole. Made us complete, from the moment of salvation, and you will live that way for eternity. Whole…
I don’t feel whole. I’m addicted. I’m sick with sin guilt and shame. My life is in shambles. What about right now? What do I do? I need that contentment. I need to trust that he is sufficient in every area. How?
III. Three things to recognize that Christ is sufficient
1. Recognize you are Soul sick
Luke 17:11 While traveling to Jerusalem, He passed between Samaria and Galilee. 12 As He entered a village, 10 men with serious skin diseases met Him. They stood at a distance 13 and raised their voices, saying, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!”14 When He saw them, He told them, “Go and show yourselves to the priests.” And while they were going, they were healed. 15 But one of them, seeing that he was healed, returned and, with a loud voice, gave glory to God. 16 He fell facedown at His feet, thanking Him. And he was a Samaritan. Then Jesus said, “Were not 10 cleansed? Where are the nine? 18 Didn’t any return[j] to give glory to God except this foreigner?” 19 And He told him, “Get up and go on your way. Your faith has made you well.
· “Didn’t I heal ten men?" Heal = katharizō to cleanse (make) clean (-se), purge, purify.
· Your faith has made you well.” Well= sōzō be (make) whole. Or one completely reconciled physically emotionally and spiritually
· Even though God sees us as whole in Christ, in this life, we still battle sin. This world is fallen, and until the day Jesus returns to restore it, we will struggle.
· That’s why contentment is so important. When we are content that Jesus is all we need, we can’t be tempted into sin.
2. Face life with a servant’s submission
Luke 17:7-9 “When a servant comes in from plowing or taking care of sheep, does his master say, ‘Come in and eat with me’? 8 No, he says, ‘Prepare my meal, put on your apron, and serve me while I eat. Then you can eat later.’ 9 And does the master thank the servant for doing what he was told to do? Of course not. 10 In the same way, when you obey me you should say, ‘We are unworthy servants who have simply done our duty.’”
· Most of us live for God like we are earning something.
· We live like God is really inconveniencing us with what he has for you even though it’s the best for you.
· When you set up your life to approach God as a unworthy servant doing our duty, God will use you for His glory.
· The word here for servant is actually slave. Someone who’s will is wrapped up in another.
John 3:30 He must increase, but I must decrease.”
3. Simply surrender
Psalm 46:10 “Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!”
· God doesn’t use those who are committed to their way of serving God.
· God uses those who surrender to His way. What he wants. Not what you want to give.
Summary: WE think that we want to be made whole. What we really want is God to fix the areas in our life that are out of control. It’s ok. Whether you have realized it or not, God has completed you in Christ Jesus. Our struggle is to learn to live like it, to be content with Jesus and Him alone in every area of life.
Jesus said in Matthew 13:45-46 the kingdom of heaven is like this… “it’s like a merchant in search of fine pearls. When he found one priceless pearl, he went and sold everything he had, and bought it."
That my friends is exactly what the true kingdom is like. To give up everything you have, everything you are, and everything you could be in exchange for Jesus. Jesus is all I need in every area of my life, and I am content with Him.