We jokingly call my youngest brother “crab add-on” because if we’re out to eat and he can add something onto his meal, he’s going to do it. He always wants something extra (and it’s always more expensive). It’s like an excellent, perfectly cooked steak just isn’t enough unless you add some crab to it. Jesus isn’t like that, but we often treat Him like He is.
In high school, I knew I wanted and needed Jesus, but He was rarely my true first priority. Jesus lived on the back burner of my life for way too long, and I wish I could go back and do things differently. I was too dependent on myself, and I was trying to work too hard so that hopefully in return, Jesus would love me even more. I’ve had to work myself out of these mentalities over the last few years, and I’ve learned so much about Jesus in the process.
If I had one last thing to say to you, it would be this: Jesus is enough.
Jesus was enough when I didn’t get to go to the college I wanted to attend.
Jesus was enough when He didn’t heal my friend after his car accident.
He’s enough when you didn’t make the team.
He’s enough when your heart feels broken.
He’s enough when you’ve been hurt.
Jesus is also enough when everything’s at its best, but we often forget this because it becomes all about us. Paul reminds believers in Philippians 1:27, “Just one thing: As citizens of heaven, live your life worthy of the gospel of Christ.” Our entire lives should be worthy of what Jesus Christ did for us on the cross. When you put your faith in Him, the redemptive work He did on the cross is done, but the more that you daily live for Him, the more Jesus permeates every part of your life. You don’t have to work harder, longer, or more quickly to earn it or be worthy of it. You just have to make every day matter for His glory. When we live like Jesus is enough, He becomes enough for us in ways that we can’t understand otherwise. He makes up for all of our lack, He has the ability to meet all of our needs, and He satisfies all of our desires with Himself.
The presence of Jesus is and should be our sustaining force. He fills in all the cracks and holes that other people and circumstances have left behind in their wake. As I look back on high school, I can see how Jesus was enough for me, but I just couldn’t see it at the time. I’m praying that God would awaken you to see that Jesus is enough in every area of your life right where you are. When you live like Jesus is enough, others in your life will notice because you’ll be different.
Are you living like Jesus is enough?
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Mary Margaret West serves as the Girls Ministry Specialist for LifeWay, and has a passion to equip girls and women to dive deeply into God’s word and live out their calling. She is the author of Show Her the Way: Your Guide to Discipling Teen Girls(releases Feb. 1, 2019), is a former Girls Minister, and holds a master’s degree from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Mary Margaret is married to Jonathan and they love living in Franklin, TN.
Connect with her online: @marymargaretc and girlsministry.lifeway.com