Monday, July 22, 2019

Devotionals for the Heart: A Question for all who want to follow Jesus Christ


Is He Enough?
A devotional by Glynis Becker


So Jesus said to the twelve, “You do not want to go away also, do you?” Simon Peter answered Him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have words of eternal life. We have believed and have come to know that You are the Holy One of God.”
–John 6:67-69 (NASB)

Is Jesus enough?

Simple question, but one that is taking me my whole life to answer. Maybe that’s the way it’s supposed to be. Maybe each day I must ask myself the same question: “If everything else were taken away from me today, would Jesus be enough?”

We sing this sentiment in hymns like “Give Me Jesus” and worship songs like “His Grace is Enough,” but singing it and living it are two different things, aren’t they? I don’t want to just sing the words, I want to live this way.

I recently read through John chapter 6, with that question on my mind. This chapter begins with the well-loved story of Jesus feeding the five thousand with five loaves of bread and two fish. He provided a miracle for that crowd. The story is recorded to give us an understanding of how Jesus knows what we need, wants to give it to us, and is able to take a small portion of what we offer and increase its reach.

But what if when I’m hungry, He doesn’t provide a miracle? Is Jesus still enough?

The next portion of the chapter is a story of the frightened disciples in a churning boat, the sea stirring around them because of strong winds. Jesus walks out on the water and tells them not to be afraid. When He gets in the boat, it is immediately, miraculously, on land, in the place they were heading for.

What if when I’m frightened, there is no immediate relief for me? Is Jesus still enough?

The chapter continues as the crowds follow Jesus and He tells them that He knows many of them are following simply because He gave them bread that filled their stomachs, but to really follow Him will require belief regardless of the miracles. They need to believe that the Father sent Him and He will be the Bread of Life to them through every circumstance. We need to believe the same thing.

So today, let’s ask ourselves the same question. Is Jesus enough? In our lives, our homes, our churches, our circumstances, our world? Is He enough?

I pray that as we answer that question for ourselves, we will say with the same passion as the Apostle Peter: “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have words of eternal life. We have believed and have come to know that You are the Holy One of God.”

Let’s Pray: Lord Jesus, give me the faith to know deep in my soul that You are all I need. Then give me the ability to live life so the world sees that You are the only Holy One. You are God. You are life. And You are hope. In Your Name I pray, Amen.

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Author Bio:

Glynis Becker writes devotions and inspirational fiction, hoping someday to have a published novel on her resume.

She has co-written several screenplays, including the film Sinking Sand, available on DVD and digital streaming.

Glynis, whose childhood was spent all over the country as an Air Force brat, has called South Dakota home for many years, along with her husband and two teenage children.

When she’s not writing or reading, she is watching more television than she should and crocheting. You can find her at www.glynisbecker.com.

2 comments:

  1. Thank you, Glynis! I love the reflections to consider if we follow Jesus just for His provision or miracles and not simply for Him...who He is. Jesus. Is. Enough. Thankful the Lord continues to reveal that to us. I find John 6 interesting because in verse 66 it tells us how many disciples "turned back and no longer walked with him." They were neither completely sold-out for Christ nor knew Him to be enough. Thanks for this beautiful reminder!

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  2. Karen, you're absolutely right that later on we see that so many of them walked away and I can't help thinking that for some it was because He hadn't done enough for them (in their minds). Thanks so much for stopping by!

    Glynis
    www.glynisbecker.com

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