This is a truth that I’ve “known” for a long time, but I am coming to a new and deeper understanding of it at this point in my life. The 2 greatest commandments in Scripture teach us that we should love God with our whole being (heart, soul, mind and strength), then love our neighbor as ourselves. Neither one of these commandments focuses on ME and what I think I need. It’s about serving God and others. However, I often find my mind focused on what I am doing, accomplishing, feeling and needing rather than on God and those around me.
Over the past year, I said “good-bye” to many things that I valued in my life . . . to the point of feeling like I’ve even “lost” my very identity. Yet my identity and value is NOT in what I do. It doesn’t matter if I organize and run a home school group. It doesn’t matter if serve clients with my accounting degree. It doesn’t matter if I’m involved in service projects. It doesn’t matter if I have a great network of special people surrounding me. I cannot and should not rely on any of these aspects for my identity, though they may be great things in themselves. BUT I need to constantly rely on GOD to supply my true needs – not the needs I think I have. My identity is in HIM! My whole identity is in Christ, not in what I do for Him. My worth and value is all found in HIM! Wholeness and completeness in my heart and life are found in Christ.
In a recent sermon, we were challenged to consider: if Jesus is all that there is – the only thing on the menu – is that enough for me? Or do I feel like I need Jesus and a good job, or Jesus and a purpose, or Jesus and a great friend, or Jesus and a nice house. Is Jesus truly enough in my life, or am I constantly looking for more? This is a challenge for me right now. I know in my head that, yes, Jesus is enough. But then I continue to live and allow my emotions to tell me that He is not enough. I dwell on what I don’t have and what I think I need instead of focusing on the sufficiency of Christ!
Steve Camp sings a beautiful song reminding me that through all life, every circumstance I may face, Jesus is all I need. He’s my anchor and will never let me go! To listen to this song, click: He’s All You Need by Steve Camp.
May you allow Jesus to be everything for you today. He is sufficient! He is more than sufficient if we allow Him to be!