An Important Question For Tuesday...

I'm warning you that this question is going to seem pretty simple, but think it through before you answer. My friend Chan Kilgore asked the question yesterday at our Church Planting Conference:

Is Jesus enough?

One would think that posing this question to a group of pastors from nine different countries would solicit a quick, "Yes, of course He is!"

Not so fast! You see, if I need your approval that a message I preached was "good," then Jesus isn't enough. If I fear the opinion of others, then Jesus isn't enough. If I must have a title, or a certain salary, or recognition, or applause . . . then Jesus isn't enough.

But Jesus is enough. Read carefully the words of Paul that you might grasp the sufficiency of Jesus Christ:

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth.

In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will, so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of his glory. (Ephesians 1:3-12 ESV)

Jesus is enough. You don't need a favorable opinion, or a big bank account, or a fancy title, or a certain home in a certain neighborhood, or any particular thing to validate your worth. The Christian has been adopted by God because of Jesus. That is enough.