Religion never gets enough of telling us we’re not enough. I mean, even after receiving Jesus Christ as savior, it seems there is always some religious person making sure to tell us we need more. My question is “Is there ever a time when we can say Jesus Christ is enough?”
You need to go to church more. You need to read your Bible more. You need to pray more. You need to share the gospel more and on and on it goes. According to the Bible; in Christ we have been made whole, holy, blameless etc. According to the scriptures we are complete in Christ so what exactly is it that we are lacking?
When someone starts talking like this inevitably someone will say, “But you need to fill in the ____.” My question is why? What is the reason for me having to ___? Is it because Christ in me isn’t enough? Is it because we’re involved in a self-improvement program? Why is it so scary to just accept that God is okay with me because of his Son?
The underlying thought behind the do more mentality comes from a fear of someone abusing God’s grace and just committing sin, sin and more sin isn’t it? The Apostle Paul taught us in Romans 5-6 that where sin increased, grace abounded all the more…” Of course Paul, being the genius he was, asks the obvious question this kind of talk raises and said, “What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin so that grace may increase? You see anytime the flesh hears about grace it hears license to sin. On the other hand, if you are hearing this in the Spirit you will agree with Paul when he said, “May it never be! How shall we who died to sin still live in it?”
While it seems there is plenty of “You need to ___” going around. What I would like to know is why you need to believe the Bible more isn’t on the list? The Bible tells us we have been crucified with Christ and are no longer a slave to sin. It says, “For he who has died is freed from sin.” I realize this is a radical statement to make but it does come straight out of Romans 6. We are also told in 1 Corinthians “Christ Jesus became to us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption.” Ephesians 1 tells us “He chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before him.” Colossians 2 “In him all the fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form and in him you have been made complete…”
Check out one of the most amazing verses Hebrews 10:14 “For by one offering he has perfected for all time those who are sanctified.” God has done all that is required in us by way of his Son. While there will always be those that don’t believe the Bible; I for one am choosing to believe it. This isn’t to say we can’t or won’t sin what this means is we no longer are a slave to sin. We are no longer under sin’s rule. We have the Spirit of God living inside us and he is able to keep us.
Let’s just summarize what’s been said here. We have been crucified with Christ and are no longer a slave to sin. In Christ we have been made holy, blameless and complete. In Christ we have wisdom from God, righteousness, sanctification and redemption. Sounds to me like we aren’t lacking anything that God wants for us, but rather all we need is Jesus Christ and the revelation of all he is.
Written by Louie