I realize that many of the bits and pieces in my head of late have found connection in a simple concept of Christ’s sufficiency. In a spiritual sense, this conversation is often about whether Christ’s death and resurrection are enough to bring salvation to those who receive this grace. Do I have to add anything (like my obedience) to his grace in order for salvation to be completed? In a (still spiritual but) more holistic sense, I wonder if what Jesus does is enough in every aspect of my living and not just in my eternal “destination” spiritually.
Ultimately I landed back in the Word:
“And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.”
Philippians 4:19 (NIV)
What are my needs?
Well, no matter how often I’ve said it (and even believed it on occasion) I don’t need chocolate or new shoes or any of the other things I so easily declare a need to posses or experience. That said, I also don’t think my needs are limited to eternal salvation, period.
It is too easy for me to see Jesus as being not enough when the need I think he is not meeting is not a need at all, but rather something I think I need.
So, this year I am praying that I will see my needs more like He does. And in that I’m praying that I won’t get caught up on this point of detail but will get beyond it to Him.
Ideas and wonderings flail about in my head without too much restraint until they start to form into patterns and then I start to pay attention. This is how I work. I doubt everyone thinks (or experiences thinking) this way, but I’m also rather confident that I’m not the only one. When I was younger, I was not so sure.
In my flailing and wondering, I ran across this rather long statement by Charles Spurgeon which appears to be mostly about the eternal salvation sufficiency of Christ — but embedded in it are challenges I’m still pondering.
Remember, sinner, it is not thy hold of Christ that saves thee–it is Christ; it is not thy joy in Christ that saves thee–it is Christ; it is not even faith in Christ, though that is the instrument–it is Christ’s blood and merits; therefore, look not to thy hope, but to Christ, the source of thy hope; look not to thy faith, but to Christ, the author and finisher of thy faith; and if thou doest that, ten thousand devils cannot throw thee down…
There is one thing which we all of us too much becloud in our preaching, though I believe we do it very unintentionally–namely, the great truth that it is not prayer, it is not faith, it is not our doings, it is not our feelings upon which we must rest, but upon Christ, and on Christ alone. We are apt to think that we are not in a right state, that we do not feel enough, instead of remembering that our business is not with self, but Christ. Let me beseech thee, look only to Christ; never expect deliverance from self, from ministers, or from any means of any kind apart from Christ; keep thine eye simply on Him; let his death, His agonies, His groans, His sufferings, His merits, His glories, His intercession, be fresh upon thy mind; when thou wakest in the morning look for Him; when thou liest down at night look for Him.