For, as I have often told you before and now tell you again even with tears, many live as enemies of the cross of Christ. Philippians 3:18 (EHV).
This is a verse that gives me pause, makes me stop and think “am I genuine?” The promise from Jesus of eternal salvation is unbreakable by anyone but us. He guarantees us a place with Him forever when we say we believe. NOTHING can separate us from the love of God. Yet the devil sows doubt in us, exploiting our sins to try to turn us away from Christ. “Did God really say?” is a quote as old as Eden but it still works on us today. The devil wants us to repudiate our salvation.
Have my thoughts, words, or actions compromised my faith so that Jesus would turn away from me and say, “you broke your promise to me?” I’ve often mentioned the story of Billy Graham where an interviewer asked him if he would hear Jesus say “well done good and faithful servant” when he died. Graham’s response: “I’d like to, but I don’t think I will.” Was that self-effacing humility or genuine doubt? Maybe it was a little of both. But, to be honest, it’s a question we each probably worry about. Have we been faithful enough? Was our belief in Jesus real enough? Am I good enough? Have I done enough?
You know the answer. On your own, no, no, no, and no.
There is no “enough.” “Enough” happened on that cross. Enough was what Jesus paid so that you and I don’t have to think about “enough.” Our works, our good thoughts, our best of intentions aren’t enough to purchase a ticket to eternity with Jesus. That’s not how it works.
How it works is that we believe in Jesus and He’s enough. Everything to make that belief mean something was already done by Him. The ONLY thing we bring into the equation is ourselves. But that’s how He designed things; that’s how He wanted them and arranged them. Have we done enough? Am I genuine? The better question is, “why bother asking?”
To Jesus we are enough. The same Jesus who is the Alpha and Omega and the center of all things in the universe touches our hearts by saying, “I’m all you’ll ever need.” Sure, Satan will try to lead us astray; he works through people who may not even realize they’re working for the dark one. Yet the light of the world overcame that darkness thousands of years ago. He’s still shining today.
Did God really say He is enough? Yes, He actually did. And that’s where the questioning ends.
For further reading: Acts 20:31, Romans 8:39, Galatians 6:12, Philippians 3:19.
Lord Jesus, YOU are enough. You are all I could ever want or need or hope for. Only in You are light and life.