Two verses that immediately strike at the heart of this matter are Acts 20:24 and Luke 14:33.
But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.
So therefore, any one of you who does not renounce all that he has cannot be my disciple.
(Luke 14:33 ESV)
For you to be able to account your life as having no value and for you to be able to renounce all things and follow Jesus – You have to believe at your very core that Jesus is everything you will ever need!
You have to believe that what the Bible says is true – Jesus owns everything. You own nothing. You control nothing. You manage what Jesus allows you to manage.
But we don’t believe it. It’s easy for you to say Jesus is enough but you don’t live like it. Why? Because you don’t really believe that Jesus is enough.
We would rather be compelled to go to Target, eat at our favorite restaurant, shop and spend all our money at the mall than be compelled by Jesus and live fully surrendered to Jesus.
We would rather go to Best Buy and find pleasure in the latest tech than to find true pleasure in Jesus.
When we are sad or stressed out, we would rather run to Haagan Daas then run to Jesus. Why?
Because deep down at the core of our heart…we don’t want Jesus to be enough.
Our passion is pathetic at best.
People are more passionate about football, food, and NASCAR then they are about Jesus.
How is it that a football game can spark our emotions?
How is it that movies can stir something within us?
How is it that we can be more passionate about a burger? Really? A burger?
Why are we not in awe of Jesus?
Those things are most likely idols. When you devote such a large amount of time, energy, effort, and money to them, you are reflecting what you worship. Anything that you are more passionate about than Jesus is an idol.
All of those things are fine if they are kept in their proper place. However, when those things are elevated to a place greater than Jesus, it is a result of the disease that still plagues our heart.
We make idols out of marriage, kids, stuff, jobs, food, and many other things. We are amazing when it comes to making idols out of these things.
Our hearts are sick.
The heart is deceitful above all things,
and desperately sick;
who can understand it?
(Jeremiah 17:9 ESV)
As mentioned in the Bible, the heart is not your actual heart. It is the center of where we think, make decisions, make plans and the like.
Our ability to do anything has been corrupted. By sin.
We have a tendency to make this life about us.
It’s really easy – if you pay attention to what TV and magazines and the American Dream feed you. There is no shortage of voices screaming – “It’s All About YOU!”
How fast do you become angry when something does not go your way? How often are you offended? How often do you need to offer your opinion?
This life is not about you or me.
When are we going to believe that Jesus is enough?
And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.
(Philippians 4:19 ESV)
Jesus will supply your needs. Not your wants. Jesus redefines your wants.
When you believe that Jesus is your provider, and he will lead, guide, and protect you, you are compelled to obedience.
You have no more excuses.
Sharing the gospel becomes more important because you love talking about your Savior. Prayer becomes audacious and vibrant not forced. Giving is not an issue because you believe Philippians 4:19.
- You give of your money
- You give of your stuff
- You give of your time
- You give of your self
When you truly believe that Jesus is everything – Savior, Lord, Redeemer, Majestic, Holy, Protector, Provider, Potter, Creator, Healer, Sustainer – You will LIVE like Jesus is everything.
Your life is in the hand of Jesus who holds all things together. Your identity is found in who Jesus says you are. Your destiny can only be obtained when you abandon your love for this life and embrace Jesus.
Jesus is everything.
Jesus is enough.