Is Jesus Really Enough?

This morning I was thinking about the many things that cause anxiety and stress in my life—things that I think that I need (even though until this morning I was unaware of how badly my flesh craves these things). What I think I “need” usually are my idols—things that compete with the sufficiency of the Savior as my perfect righteouness, hope, joy and peace. So, what if these things fell through? What if my idols were taken away? Would I be okay? Or would I freak out with stress, worry, or go into a fit of fixititis—proving that they really are idols? As I considered what I think I need, I realized that I have a plethora of idols (not just one or two). This shouldn’t surprise me, though. Jesus didn’t die for the righteous, but for the ungodly (Rom. 5:6). And my sin nature is a card carrying member of the ungodly club. And so the question I asked myself this morning that I would like to share with you is this: “Is Jesus really enough?” Or…

 

  • Do I need respect?
  • Do I need approval?
  • Do I need to be recognized?
  • Do I need to be appreciated?
  • Do I need to be praised? 
  • Do I need to be thanked?
  • Do I need comfort?
  • Do I need success?
  • Do I need to win?
  • Do I need to be first?
  • Do I need order?
  • Do I need wealth?
  • Do I need stuff?
  • Do I need security?
  • Do I need to be right?
  • Do I need to look good?
  • Do I need a thrill?
  • Do I need to get even?
  • Do I need to prove myself?
  • Do I need for my plans to be fulfilled?
  • Do I need the weather to work out?
  • Do I need the internet to work?
  • Do I need to be on time?
  • Do I need the car to start?
  • Do I need to have my way?
  • Do I need my children to obey?
  • Do I need my children to succeed?

 

Three reflections:

  1. What if I didn’t have these things, or they didn’t work out? Would it be okay? Would I be okay?
  2. Do I need anything else to be content and have joy other than Jesus? 
  3. Can I imagine the liberation of Jesus being enough? Wow. That is a game-changer.