November 19, 2021, 8:00 AM

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11-19-2021

Is Jesus Enough?

Melanie Shankle has a blog and in it she voiced this concern:

Deep down, we struggle to believe God is going to lead us to what is best for us. It’s our internal voice that whispers we will never be enough, so we work and worry and feel like we must do something big, something huge to prove our worth and to make sure our life matters. We have to host a conference, start a movement, adopt fifteen kids, or fight human trafficking to really matter. Which are all great things, but thinking this way can cause us to lose sight of the small things that can also change a life: bringing dinner to a sick neighbor, smiling at a waitress who’s having a bad day, reading to your kids before bed, and simply praying for someone going through a rough time.

If you’re like me, you can spend a lot of time looking around at what everyone else has or is doing or all the ways they appear better. We measure. We measure our insides by other people’s outsides—and that’s never a fair assessment. We don’t know what they’re going through, how they have been hurt, or the struggles they face. We see their social-media best selves and assume everybody is winning at life. We are constantly seeing the “Everything’s great!” version of other people’s lives while living the reality of our own lives, which may often feel a little mundane and purposeless.

 

The truth of life is, “we are not enough in ourselves!” We aren’t smart enough. We aren’t rich enough. We aren’t wise enough. We aren’t good enough. If we are truthful, we look at others and sigh or get mad that their life is so perfect. In our hearts we struggle with anger, resentment and selfishness. Others seem to have a carefree existence. We think, “if I could just overcome this . . . (fill in your own blank) struggle” my life would be perfect.

 

Biblical scholars are to be commended and aspiring to be one is beneficial. It seems that I have read Hebrews all my life and yet as I read Hebrews 10 something really jumped out at me. Hebrews 10 is the chapter that explains why Jesus is our High Priest. Paul spent considerable time explaining the necessity of a Priest and why the old covenant was merely a picture of heavenly things. In chapter 10 Paul explains that Jesus is the only priest that Christians need.

 

11 And every priest stands daily at his service, offering repeatedly the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. 12 But when Christ had offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God, 13 waiting from that time until his enemies should be made a footstool for his feet. 14 For by a single offering he has perfected for all time those who are being sanctified.

 

Many of the things we struggle with in this life are shadows of sins we have committed. We feel the shame and struggle as if those sins were our reality. We feel the desire to stay in our sin as if those sins really have control over us. We feel lost in a cycle of sin and restoration. Although I’m not a Bible Scholar these verses and the chapters following describe a completely different scenario for a Christian. Paul is saying that “by a single offering he (Jesus) has perfected for all time those who are being sanctified”. The really good news here is that in our inability, Jesus is totally able. In our insufficiency, Jesus is enough. He was enough for our salvation. He is enough for our sanctification (daily working of Heavenly attributes into our life) and He is enough for our eternity.

 

So, what are you struggling with today? If you are caught in the trap of a cycle of frustration take you hope in Jesus. Jesus is able and willing to keep to the end what He began. He who began a good work in you is able to complete it. Are you weary? Jesus is enough. Are you heavy-laden? Jesus is enough. Are you weak? Jesus is enough. Let’s all try to live in the “enough” of Jesus this day and every day.

 

Blessings,

Marty

 




Comments

11-21-2021 at 7:15 AM
Ann
Marty, thanks so much for sharing this. Words of encouragement I really needed.
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