Jesus said, “I AM the Messiah.” (John 4:26)
He said, “I AM the Way, the Truth, and the Life.” (John 14:6)
And when Jesus asked Peter what he believed about Him, Peter said, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” (Matthew 16:16)
So, today I’m taking a closer look and asking myself . . . Do I really believe that Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life? Do I really believe He is the Messiah, the Christ, the Son of the living God?”
Why am I asking those questions?
Because I’ve wondered . . . if really believe, why do we so often act like or give the impression that we have to “get our acts together” before we come to Jesus?
I grew up in church and Sunday school. I knew Jesus was and is the answer.
Yes, I believe that humble repentance is needed and that obedience increases our faith and glorifies God. I know that God “disciplines those He loves. (Hebrews 12:6) I believe that He wants us to live with love becoming more like Jesus. (1 John 4:17) But I also know that it is mistakenly easy to approach life from a Pharisaical Law-oriented perspective.
For years, I lived out the “Law” like this…
When problems hit our family or when worries kept me up at night . . . I would get up, grab my Bible, and look for all the things we needed to do better.
The following mornings, I would greet my family with a list of ways we needed to improve our behavior and become more obedient to fix what was wrong.
In reality, I was saying – Jesus plus right-living, plus my effort, plus fixing my family would correct whatever was lacking. (Yes, I have since apologized to Rev and our children. And I quit trying to fix them long ago.) But those days, I believed there was always something we must “do.”
Until there was nothing I could do! A time when circumstances left me tearfully admitting “I don’t know what to do.”
And I heard the Lord’s loving quiet voice asking…
Do you really believe?
Do you really believe that I AM enough?
Do you really believe I will never leave you or forsake you? (Hebrews 13:5)
Do you believe I will give you everything you need? (Luke 12:31)
Do you believe my grace is all you need? (2 Corinthians 12:9)
Do you really believe that..?
Since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us.Romans 5:1
Do you really believe that Jesus is enough?
Jesus plus nothing is the Way to the Father. The Way to everlasting Life.
Jesus plus nothing is the Way to joy, peace, contentment, and true happiness.
Jesus plus nothing is the Way to a changed heart that:
Believing that Jesus plus nothing is enough gives us a “get to” rather than a “have to” attitude.
Because of all that Christ Jesus has done for us, we “get to” KNOW, TRUST, and LOVE Him. We “get to” love the people He puts around us. We “get to” follow His perfect plans and purposes.
We no longer have to conform to a list of religious “have to” rules to please people. We “get to” follow God’s will because we BELIEVE that His will is always best.
I love the way The Amplified Bible, Classic Edition shares Romans 12:2:
Do not be conformed to this world (this age), [fashioned after and adapted to its external, superficial customs], but be transformed (changed) by the [entire] renewal of your mind [by its new ideals and its new attitude], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God, even the thing which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His sight for you].
A Prayer to Truly Believe that
Jesus Plus Nothing is Enough
Father, I am overwhelmed with gratitude for Your forgiveness and love . . . for the gift of Jesus.
Jesus, how can I begin to thank you for all You have done for me. You lived a perfect life. One that shows us how to love with care and compassion. You taught us what it looks like to live with humility and forgiveness. You sacrificed Yourself for me and made a way for me to look forward to a forever future with You in heaven. You are all I need today, tomorrow, and forever. You are enough!
Spirit, thank you for the gift of faith. Thank you for walking with me each day and for giving me strength, courage, peace, hope, and so much more. You are my help and comfort. You make Jesus enough for me every moment of every day.
Lord, You are the God of the possible (Matthew 19:26). You give me a future filled with hope. (2 Thessalonians 2:16) You say that You are “for me” (Romans 8:31). You help me when I struggle with temptation (1 Corinthians 10:13). You are my safe place (Psalm 18:2) and the Lover of my Soul (John 15:13) I thank you and praise You for who You are and all You’ve done. I love you, Lord, and I give myself to You. Amen.
So, let me ask you . . . do you really believe that Jesus plus nothing is enough?
If you answered yes.
Celebrate! You just proclaimed the Best News Ever!
May you be blessed today with more than enough. May you be blessed with faith and hope and Jesus’ love.
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