Is Jesus Enough?

 

Is Jesus enough? This is a penetrating question which begs for a response.    The world would dismiss this as religious fervor run amok. But the whole Bible still asks this vital question. Jesus desires us to have Him as our first love.

Is heaven enough?   Sometimes I don’t think about eternity for months at a time.  Older saints remind me that they are getting prepared for eternity.  A strong belief in heaven should uproot “besetting sins.”  Heaven is my ultimate destination.

Will I be willing to forego the things of this world now?  It seems I live for this present moment with no urge to “store up riches in heaven.” There isn’t room for my things in God’s kingdom. You ‘ll never see a hearse pulling a U-Haul trailer. (At least I haven’t.)

These three questions may seem harsh and fanatical, but they are questions that beg a response. Positively put they are as follows:

  1. Jesus deserves my love and the totality of my being.
  2. Heaven and all its glory awaits me (and my family and friends).
  3. I want to renounce the things of this world and replace them with the things of the next.

Perhaps these are the starting point. Maybe they are kind of necessary for today’s discipleship.  I simply submit them for your consideration.  I certainly share this out of love for you to think about.

“The Lord will rescue me from every evil deed and bring me safely into his heavenly kingdom. To him be the glory forever and ever. Amen.”

2 Timothy 4:18

“My home is in Heaven. I’m just traveling through this world.”

    –Billy Graham

 

About Pastor Bryan Lowe

A repentant rascal with definite issues, but who is seeking to be authentic in his faith to Jesus Christ. An avid reader and a hopeful writer. Husband and father. A pastor and Bible teacher. A brain tumor survivor. Diagnosed with clinical depression, epilepsy, and now disabled. Enjoys life, such as it is, in Alaska.
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3 Responses to Is Jesus Enough?

  1. Mary says:

    It is the Holy Spirit speaking the truth through you once again. Not one word is fanatical. We are on a pilgrimage and its a comfort for you to remind me. Of a certainty, the promise of our rising from the dead will be worth every sacrifice .

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  2. Tina says:

    This is a beautiful song In Christ Alone

    Hope it blesses
    Thank you for this site such a blessing to us limping in Christ alone

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  3. Anonymous says:

    I think about heaven a lot….I daily pitch my earthly tent a days march nearer home…have also heard heaven described as being where we ultimately inherit who we have become. …CS Lewis in “The Great Divorce” apparently explores this idea…I worry about the the five foolish virgins and the exclusion aspects of heaven….I so badly want to go there and fall into the arms of a loving Jesus but have been told that time is the only place where we can change….I struggle to change and struggle even to be here…..I know fear is not what God wants for us …how do we live with a paralyzing fear of hell as being a place with the handle of the door on the inside as Lewis proposes….but what if mental illness has been a part of our very earliest consciousness through our earliest experiences and in a sense we have had limited choice… I know God is the greatest psychiatrist there is and He too is the greatest psychologist..His spirit searches the hidden things of the heart and brings them to light….He judges fairly and in Him there is no shadow of turning….. I can trust Him……and I want to….my prayer is ” Lord I believe. .. help though my unbelief “…or in other words help me trust you….I always go back to the thief on the cross. ..God did not reject him. …nobody is beyond the reach of the love of God…but what if we are eaten up with guilt and remorse and excruciating mental and emotional pain at foolish choices which have come about through ignorance at our own condition and a lack of self control and lack of self awareness. …..we believe we have been trying to develop but unsuccessfully. Is this what we offer to God…..I have been told that ultimately God is going to say to me “your will be done”….because I will not say to Him ” Your will be done” and yet how can I say to Him “Your will be done ” if life for me has been a desperate struggle to keep one step ahead of a fear of hell….if heaven is determined by our day by day choices and we get it wrong to the point of not being able to turn it around…what then….is hell inevitable and does it start now as it is for me. . I am already there…and it colors every interaction with others and leaves me desperately crying out to God like the thief on the cross. …Surely Jesus came for the sick not the well…surely He came for sinners not the righteous. …surely a bruised reed He will not break… surely He hears the desperation of the addict …so I guess the question is. ..will I submit to God my proud and stubborn heart..will I beg His mercy like the tax gatherer and trust Him to help me..will I submit my will to Him…is this the ultimate question and is this the one that determines destiny? …please will you you pray with me dear brother or sister reading this. …dear Lord Jesus. ..you know my wicked heart through and through. ..you know the fear and the torment and the excruciating pain…you came to set the captives free …and so I ask for your truth to do this…please set me and my brothers and sisters who find themselves with me free…please help me submit to your will..not my own…please help me overcome pride and stubbornness. .I cannot do this alone ..please replace my heart of stone with one of flesh..please teach me to love.and please give me a grateful heart…

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