Posted by: glorifyhim1 | February 28, 2018

When Jesus Is Enough

When Jesus is Enough

Whom have I in heaven but You?

And there is none upon earth that I desire besides You.

My flesh and my heart fail;

But God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.

(Psalm 73:25-26)

 

Is Jesus enough for me? Is He enough for you?

 

Recently, I was reading Hebrews, Chapter 11, often referred to as the chapter of faith. This chapter names many Old Testament heroes who were faithful to the God who called them. It also declares that nameless others “who through faith subdued kingdoms, worked righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, became valiant in battle, turned to flight the armies of the aliens. Women received their dead raised to life again.” (Hebrews 11:33-35). Surely, the promises of God were enough for these faithful ones.

 

Yet, the writer of Hebrews continues. Other faithful ones were tortured, mocked, scourged, chained, imprisoned, stoned, sawn in two, tempted, and slain with the sword. Many were destitute, afflicted, tormented. (See Hebrews 11:36-38.) Yet, these, too, remained faithful looking forward to the realization of God’s promises in Christ.

 

The promise of Jesus Christ and His coming kingdom kept these early believers faithful. Jesus was enough – whether they were overcomers or whether they were overcome.

 

Today, we look backward to when Christ came. We read eye-witness accounts of His death on the cross and His resurrection and ascension into Heaven. When we trust Jesus and accept what He did to save us, we have the very Spirit of God living within us to guide, empower, and help us. This same Spirit imparts understanding, gives comfort, and works in us to complete God’s work in our lives. And, we, too, can look forward with joy to our coming inheritance in His kingdom.

 

Jesus is enough – in fact, He is more than enough! Yet, sadly, we often live our lives in defeat rather than in the victory we have in Him. As we live in a world that is increasingly turning away from Christ and Biblical truth, we need to live our lives more and more in ways that help others see this Jesus who is more than enough!

 

  • We need to remain faithful to God’s Word and trust Jesus even when our way is difficult and when we may not understand. We know that Jesus is faithful. Our confidence is in Him.
  • We need to show goodness and mercy and Christ’s love to all people – even to those with whom we disagree. Christ died for all people and wants them to come to Him.
  • We need to invite the Spirit to work in us and bear fruits of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, and faithfulness – and not live lives that give way to conceit, envy, and provoking others (see Galatians 5:22-26). We do not want to hinder Christ’s work in the lives of others, but if at all possible, live in such a way as to draw them to Christ.
  • We need to to rejoice in the life we have in Christ and live with hope as we seek, work, and pray for Christ’s kingdom on earth.  

 

The book of Acts records words Paul spoke as he stood before the Areopagus: “for in Him we live and move and have our being” (Acts 17:28a). When Jesus is enough, our lives are all wrapped up in Him. It is in Him that we live and move and have our being. Even when we endure troubles or difficulties in this world, we can rejoice that our relationship with Christ, the inheritance we have in Him, transcends any trial we may face on earth (see Psalm 16:5-6). And as we place our trust in Him and walk with Him, day by day, His Word assures, and His Spirit confirms to us, that nothing – absolutely nothing can separate us from His amazing love (see Romans 8:37-39). We can live victorious lives, whatever our circumstances, when we fully surrender ourselves to Christ, knowing that Jesus is enough!

 

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