Is Jesus enough for you? If there was nothing else, no Heaven, no eternal life, just Jesus, would He be enough? Is the fact that He gave His life for you, suffered the pain of the nails for you, and drank in the depravity of your sin, enough to secure your devotion to Him? Do we want Jesus or do we simply want the good things that are promised to those who follow Him? Living your life as a follower of Jesus will surely bring with it a large share of very bad days. We live in a fallen world where the consequences of generations of sinfulness continue to compound with devastating results. We get sick, loved ones die and children suffer because of our choices and the ones made by those who came before us. Through it all we cling to Jesus, desperate for answers, despairing for hope. Would we continue to hold tightly to Him if there was no reward? Would we still love Him if there was nothing in it for us save for the love He gives in return?
We have been taught to evangelize, to tell others about Him so that we might have a hand in keeping their souls from Hell. We tell people they need Jesus so they can go to Heaven. We talk in terms of “saving” people and “adding people to the Kingdom”. Heaven becomes the goal and the reason for coming to Jesus. This misses the point of the relationship God intends for us to have with Him. He sent Jesus to redeem us because of His love for us, so that in turn, we would glorify Him through our love for Jesus. Our entire purpose for living, the whole point of coming to Jesus, is that we might show the Glory of God to the world. We were created to do good works for Jesus so that those who don’t know Him might come to see His beauty and His love. We are called to reflect the light of God to an oppressively dark world. Hope is found in the light, and the glory of God is light for the world.
We are culturally predisposed to give something to get something. When we give our lives to Jesus, the only thing we should be interested in “getting” is the opportunity to demonstrate His glory to others. The whole of our intent, the entirety of our purpose, should be focused on reflecting His beauty to everyone we meet. We turn to Jesus because we become aware of how hopeless life is without Him. We recognize the incredible love He has for us, as demonstrated by His willingness to lay down His life for our sake. There is no life outside of Christ; His death on our behalf allows us to live in Him. What does Christ get in return? He gets the chance to glorify His father through His creation. The point of life on earth is to glorify God. Every word we say, every action we take, every thought we think brings with it the opportunity to glorify God and to recognize His amazing power. Every conversation we engage in is an occasion to tell someone else of God’s love and Holiness. We must always point to the glory of God in everything we do. It is for this we were created, and for this we must live.
Is the love of Jesus alone enough for you to follow Him? Is your love for Him enough to keep you looking to Him in the trials of life? If you decided to follow Jesus simply to avoid Hell, you may need to double check your commitment. Do you really love Him or do you love that free pass out of hell? Do you love Him or are you simply enamored with the thoughts of living forever? If all else passed away, would you still love Jesus simply because of how He loves you? Is Jesus enough?