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A Fulfillment that Delivers

Wednesday, January 25

A Fulfillment That Delivers
By Pastor Shane Beauvais

Most people bear an overwhelmingly heavy load regarding the worries and demands of this life. 
Inundated by the negativity that infiltrates the mind through various content outlets, our technology has sometimes become burdensome. 
When the worries and demands of this life leave us empty, we often seek out areas that can fulfill this void. Left unchecked, the ‘who,’ ‘what,’ ‘where,’ ‘when,’ and ‘how, we fulfill these desires can be extremely dangerous. Frankly, it can be exactly how Matthew describes how Jesus illustrated the sowing of seeds.

20 The seed falling on rocky ground refers to someone who hears the word and at once receives it with joy. 21 But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away. 22 The seed falling among the thorns refers to someone who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, making it unfruitful (Mt 13:20–22).

Like the sun beating on a rootless plant, it soon reveals this soil’s shallowness. There are usually many fleeting sources that promise fulfillment during planting periods, but life’s other obligations and desires slowly and consistently strangle the struggling plant, preventing it from maturing to know what true fulfillment is. 
When this becomes a reality, the worries about worldly things or devotion for seeking fulfillment become the “seed falling among the thorns.”

These “thorns” can become so undetectable that one would not even be aware that they are suffocating.
Are you finding fulfillment, or are you suffocating? Answering this can be tricky, especially if you do not know that you are suffocating. 
If you are at a crossroads, I suggest focusing on what is most essential in your life. 
Is it Jesus? 
Or do you rely on other things that compete and win over your attention, but leave you empty? 
Trust me; I have been there, and it is not fun! Where you place your focus will define what is most valuable to you. This truth is foundational.

What can you do less of so your life has more room for what matters most? I believe this answer will define a new expression of fulfillment in your heart.  

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