Are You Complete or Are You Whole?

I spent a few days on social media corresponding with another writer and speaker who produces positive energy literature – all without God in his soul. The more he spoke of God’s non-existence, the more I and a few others could tell he needed a lot of help. As most narcissists do, he attracts the weak; but I wonder how his audience can greet an entity with no God-centered parts? He claims he read the Bible, the Quran, and everything in between, and miracles just do not exist. This is a man who thinks he’s complete yet little does he know he has the world by the short strings.

Perhaps uncertainty plagued his intellectual analyzations because he asked me for five examples of miracles I’ve witnessed in my life. Naturally, I was the wrong person to have the conversation with so I shared my elementary religion basics. My rhetorical challenge to him after he claimed my examples proved nothing was, “YOU prove there is no God.” After all, something cannot bring itself into existence. So, what is it which makes him feel as though he is complete?

As so many of us search to fill a void, however small, the question to address is, “Are you complete or are you whole in life?” Did you know there is a difference? Let me give you the Miriam Webster Dictionary meaning of complete. It means having all the necessary or appropriate parts. Therefore, a state of being complete is having the sacred parts to develop a covenant relationship with God. It prepares us to do His works. We remain focused on His Word and commandments as written in the Bible. We are not whole at this particular point because we have not yet filled His missions.

Many people, such as this gentleman whom I spoke of above, declare themselves complete but in reality are far from it. They are wrapped up in the sin of financial glory, self-servant to the world, claiming to be a free spirit, and/or living their time as though they won the lottery. Their status may claim big homes, fancy transportation, toys for all occasions, the finest apparel, and maybe maids to clean up their mess. If these more exceptional things in life are accompanied by serving the Lord with your goods, then you are, in fact, complete.

The condition of being whole is another story. Webster Dictionary defines whole as all of; the condition of being sound in body; a state of being without restriction, exception, or qualification. He, who is whole, is filled with The Holy Spirit of the Lord. Prayer, not a pocketbook, blesses us with gifts and treasures on earth. Wholeness comes by living virtually sin free, with no exceptions, serving only God, and fully obtainable only when your body is in heaven. Material possessions have little significance.

My message is God will allow you to live and die, if you wish, without the spirit of holiness, but you may not be happy with the end results. It’s comparable to being underinsured at the scene of an accident. It will be too late to renegotiate with Him. Being complete when you leave home doesn’t make you whole and connected one-on-one with God. There’s a big difference!

So are you complete or are you whole? Is being complete enough for you? Know God, the Father of all things, will make us whole one day if we establish an everlasting relationship with Him today. As for me, just being complete is not adequate and I pray it won’t be for you either. Start reading your Bible, pray incessantly, and praise His name for your salvation; all things are possible through Jesus Christ, our Lord – even miracles!

God bless!


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