Is Christ Alone Enough for me? This is a question we should ask ourselves each and every day. It's also a difficult thing for many of us to consider. When I was in my late teens to early twenties, I was always in a relationship of some sort. Most of the time (if not all of the time), it was my flesh seeking after its desires. I made excuses on how great I was, even though I was lustful. The last relationship, which is really what broke me, led me back to Christ. I poured everything in to it, even though the signs were there that we were all wrong for each other, what Paul calls “unequally yoked.” I was a lukewarm Christian, or, worse yet, a Christian in name only, and when that relationship ended my whole world crumbled around me. Jesus wasn’t in the picture at all. So when I returned to my faith, broken and humbled, I decided I wasn’t going to pursue any relationships until after I knew who I was in Christ first.
April 29, 2007, I told God, and I meant it “I don’t need anyone else in my life but you to be happy, even if it's just us, I’ll be content.” That was the day I met my wife. Please don’t mistake me: I’m not saying “find contentment in Christ, get a spouse.” What I am saying is that I could not be ready for any of God’s blessings unless I was prepared for Christ and Christ alone. I’m not perfect in this, by any means, but my life is STILL Christ alone. I’m not a Christian and a husband, or a Christian and a father, or a Christian and a worker; I follow Christ alone. It is because of His love for me that I can love the wife He brought to me and the kids He gave to me. It is because of Jesus that I can preach the way I do and love the people of the church He provided for me to serve. His love is perfect, my love is broken; I need His love to love everyone around me. My prayer for me is that He alone will be enough; and when this happens, His love will be enough for very situation I’m in and every person around me.
Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what shall a man give in return for his soul? For the Son of Man is going to come with his angels in the glory of his Father, and then he will repay each person according to what he has done. Truly, I say to you, there are some standing here who will not taste death until they see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom.”
As they were going along the road, someone said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.” And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.” To another he said, “Follow me.” But he said, “Lord, let me first go and bury my father.” And Jesus said to him, “Leave the dead to bury their own dead. But as for you, go and proclaim the kingdom of God.” Yet another said, “I will follow you, Lord, but let me first say farewell to those at my home.” Jesus said to him, “No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.”