Fulfillment is discovering our own uniqueness in Christ and using our gifts and talents to edify others and glorify the Lord. Fulfillment is related to our calling and the roles we play in life. God has a unique place of ministry for each of us. It is important to your sense of fulfillment that you realize your calling in life. The key is to discover the roles you occupy in which you cannot be replaced, and then decide to be what God created you to be. For example, there are over six billion people in this world, but you are the only one who can be someone’s sister, brother, father, mother, co-worker, neighbor or special friend.

A mother was puzzled by young ladies who entered the marketplace to find their fulfillment in the world. She correctly thought, “What could be more fulfilling, or challenging and rewarding, than to raise godly children in this world?” A businessman wondered about his co-workers who stepped on each other’s backs and neglected their families in order to get ahead so they could be “fulfilled” in their work. He thought, “What can be more fulfilling than to be a good witness at work where I serve the Lord and make provision for my family?”

We all occupy a unique role as ambassadors for Christ where we live, work, and play. These are our mission fields and we are the workers that God appointed for the harvest. Our greatest fulfillment comes from accepting and occupying God’s unique place for us to the best of our ability. We can always pray for those around us and look for opportunities to share the love of Christ. We may be their only link to the church and the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.

We will never be fulfilled trying to become somebody we aren’t. The only way to be fulfilled in life is to discover our own potential and uniqueness in Christ and become that to the glory of God. Jesus fulfilled His calling even though there was so much more others wanted Him to do. In His last breath, He was able to say, “It is finished” (John 19:30) Paul also fulfilled his calling. “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith” (2 Timothy 4:7). Paul said to Timothy, “But you, be sober in all things, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry” (2 Timothy 4:5 NASB).

Dr. Neil

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