Weather report from heaven: Sunny and bright with an abundance of light, and lots of singing and rejoicing.
Scripture: “But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.”- 2 Corinthians 12:9
Insight: As we continue on with our series on Practical Christianity, today we take a look at the sufficiency of Christ. One of my favorite Christian Songs that was popular when I was traveling to Australia for work a few years ago was called “Christ is Enough,” by Hillsong United. Some of the lyrics from that song that speak directly to the matter of Christ being sufficient for us go like this: “Christ is my reward and all of my devotion. Now there’s nothing in this world that could ever satisfy. Through every trial my soul will sing, no turning back I’ve been set free. Christ is enough for me, Christ is enough for me. Everything I need is in You. Everything I need.”
He truly is all we need, but many times we try to find what we think we truly need on our own and in other places. This never satisfies but it is a challenge we all go through. It is like in our humanness we simply can’t accept the fact that someone else, in this case God in the flesh in the person of Jesus Christ, could ever truly be all that we need for a life of fulfillment, grace, satisfaction, contentment, peace, joy, wisdom, patience and perspective. But He is. So the question is how do we find this sufficiency in Christ that Paul writes about throughout the New Testament? Well the answer is both incredibly simple and incredibly complicated: Simple in that we need to put Him first in all things in our life, but complicated because that means we must die to ourselves and put ourselves 2nd, as Luke 9:23-25 says and boy is that a hard struggle. We so want to be on the throne of our life, and even the thought of having to blindly follow and be totally obedient to the wishes of God for our lives makes us uneasy at best. We think in our foolish pride that we know best, but truly He knows best even if we can’t see it at the time.
So how does this manifest in our lives in a practical way? Well, the answer is in every way we can think or imagine. We must seek His path and His wisdom in our relationships, in our finances, in our trials and tribulations, in our health, in our stewardship of all he puts before us. This requires daily seeking him. We must carve out time, even if it’s only a few minutes a day at first to read the Bible, pray and listen and this requires discipline. We must learn to unplug from a noisy and distracted world. We must learn obedience to God. It’s the only way we can have discernment to know when to seek solitude, silence and fasting. It doesn’t have to be for long periods but we must learn to hear from Him and trust Him above all else, especially above ourselves. He is sufficient but we will never know it unless we learn the discipline required to get rid of all the lesser things we chase hoping they will provide us with what only Christ can. Christ alone is enough for us.
Prayer: Father God, thank You for giving us access to the sole source of sufficiency we need to live fulfilled and thrilling lives in You Son Jesus. We can never find anything that can satisfy us like He can. Amen!
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