Finally, Paul tells Titus (Titus 3:14): “Our people must learn to DEVOTE THEMSELVES to doing what is good, in order that they may provide for daily necessities, and not live un-productive lives!”
Here then is the principle upon which the Kingdom of God will be built. Like the human body, the Church – the BODY OF CHRIST – will thrive and grow up, until “We all reach UNITY in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become MATURE, attaining to the whole measure of the FULLNESS OF CHRIST!” (Ephesians 4: 13). Jesus said, “Whoever tries to keep his LIFE will lose it, and whoever LOSES his LIFE will PRESERVE IT. . .” (Luke 17: 33).
We started this “Letter of Exhortation” with Jesus’ quotation from John, where He says, “. . .I have come that they might have LIFE and have it to the FULL!” That’s from the “New International Version” of the Bible. The “King James Version” says, “. . .have it more abundantly!” No matter which translation you use, His original language meant, “More than you need, overmuch, THE FULLNESS OF LIFE!”. . .the same words are used by Luke to say, “From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded.” The Lord poured out His Spirit – His LIFE – into us; we must POUR OUT our SELF into the lives of others.
Man’s greatest frustrations are with HIMSELF. He keeps on trying to please HIMSELF – to fulfill HIMSELF. There’s no way! Our pleasure points are not designed for self-fulfillment. God designed us to be fulfilled from outside ourself – from Him and THOSE WHOM HE HAS GIVEN TO US. This is how it is done! This is the “FULLNESS OF LIFE”. . .FILL OTHERS FULL. . .OF YOURSELF!
– Jay Fesperman
From Jay Fesperman’s “Letters of Exhortation”, Number 8, February 1981.