Personal relationships are important to us, and relationships with others can enrich our lives and make living more enjoyable. However, do you ever get the feeling that there is no such thing as having enough? We live in a culture where there is relentless pressure to always add extra on to existing things. Think about all of the people who just have to add their own personal comments to a post on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. Whether you find yourself dining in a fine restaurant or sitting in line at a fast-food window, you are always pressured to add a little something extra to your order. It’s as if enough is never really enough.
Even though we don’t often think about it, we are constantly adding things to our body. There are preservatives in simply food like bread and cheese to make them resistant to the growth of mold, there is food coloring in margarine to make it look more like butter, and artificial sweeteners in soft drinks to make them calorie-free. While these are all seemingly acceptable ingredients, there comes a point where adding to something actually deducts from its value.
Some additives can bring about damaging side effects, the more we become aware of the potential for harm the louder the noise becomes for us to return to organic products. Many nutritionists have even found that the natural fat found in butter is healthier for you than the additives that is used to make the butter substitute margarine. The world has begun to realize that adding on in some instances is not so good after all, some things are best when we don’t add and they are left in their natural state.
While this movement back to natural, organic edibles is occurring, it does not seem to have spilled over into the realm of faith. It seems that many people today are always looking to add on to their faith in Christ. It’s as if Jesus alone isn’t enough for the world in which we live today—even within the Christian community. Many people operate as though Jesus is not enough in their lives. They say words like “He’s everything to me, Jesus is my all and all “yet their attitudes and actions reveal something totally different. They act like something more needs to be added to His incomparable Life and His unparalleled work on the cross.
It would be wonderful if people saw the Bible and the Gospel in all its rich clarity and realized that Christ alone is sufficient for salvation and for every spiritual need of the human soul. Yet, many people fail to realize the importance of a relationship with Jesus Christ. Some mistakenly believe that the simplicity of this bond with God isn’t enough to be saved, and they feel they must perform good works to help things along. But we don’t need to let religion or the traditions of man dilute this perfect union.
We are saved by God’s grace, not by anything we do or don’t do. His salvation doesn’t depend on our behavior, and we don’t become “unsaved” if we don’t bear fruit right away. Some people feel they need to add something extra to what God brings us, to try and guarantee their salvation in case grace doesn’t work for them. But the Scriptures tell us that Jesus is enough. “And he said unto me, ‘My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness.’ Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me” 2 Corinthians 12:9.
If Jesus was all you had, would Jesus be enough? Many believers seem to be in love with the things of the Lord, but they do not appear to be in love with the Lord Himself. Many Christians including ministers and other Christian leaders and workers are in love with the Lord’s work. Yet without realizing it, the work of the Lord becomes more important than the Lord of the work.
There are bible scholars, theologians, and teachers who hold words from God in higher esteem than God Himself who actually speaks the words that they recognition as being from Him. The more they receive, the more they want. Before one word is digested and applied to their life they are craving another. They are seeking “things” – words, prophecies, teachings, visions, dreams, etc. – but they are not seeking the Lord Himself.
Jesus is God’s only. He is and has always been the “plan of enough” from God. First Corinthians 3:11 says, “For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.” And Jesus Himself declared in John 6:51, “I am the living bread which came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread that I shall give is My flesh, which I shall give for the life of the world.” There is no question about it— Jesus is Savior, Jesus is Sufficient, Jesus is Security, to put it simple Jesus just is.
And since He is …He alone is enough.