Complete in Christ

I read something this week that has changed my thinking. Just one sentence.

“The person who has God, plus every imaginable skill and ability, has no more than the person who has only God.”

-Tedd Tripp.

Read it again. Couldn’t we also add money, popularity, knowledge, and probably a lot of other things to the list of pluses? If this is true, then why are we striving? There isn’t anything really wrong with any of those things. It isn’t a sin to become skilled at something or to have money or to be popular. The issue isn’t that we do or have those things, the issue is how important they are to us and the position we think we gain by pursuing them.

Colossians 2:10 says  and in Him you have been made complete, and He is the head over all rule and authority.

If we are complete in Christ then it follows that the only thing that will better our lives here or in eternity is more of Christ, not more skill or more money or more knowledge of earthly things. We are investing in the wrong kind of treasure if we are striving after those things. If we are complete, or some versions say full, in Christ then there is no more room or need for anything else.

I believe that God only increases our capacity to hold more of one thing. Jesus. We can always have more of Jesus.