Jesus Is All I Need
I now know that Jesus is all I need, but this was not always the case. There was a time when my focus was on all God could do to make my life comfortable and make my every wish come true. My prayers reflected my self-centered heart and shallow faith. But something has shifted. These days, Jesus is the more I am asking for because circumstances have taught me, He is the more I need. He is the promise I cling to. Do I pray for other things I desire? Sure I do. However, I am trying to not make these things my focus. Instead, I am trying to remain in a place of rejoicing and magnifying all that I have in Christ. Notice I said, “trying” because some days I fail miserably at this. When I stay in that place of knowing Jesus is all I need, I don’t sit and sulk when my prayers for the temporal are unanswered. I know that I have Jesus and He is more than enough. Saying Jesus is all I need is not just some fanciful statement. It is a statement that is based on who Jesus is! He is the one with all authority (Matthew 28:18). He is the one through whom all things were created (1 Corinthians 8:6). God the Father has appointed Him an heir to all things (Hebrews 1:2). I can go on but I hope you get the point, Jesus has quite an impressive resume that shouts, “I AM ENOUGH!” Having Jesus does not mean there will be an absence of conflict and pain, actually the opposite is true. Jesus promised His followers that we will have to endure difficulty and hardship just because we follow Him (Matthew 5:11-12, John 15:20). But we must not forget that He is there with us in hardship, He is the other that is in the fire with us (Daniel 3:25). There is something about knowing I have Jesus that makes me more willing to walk boldly into the unknown. He has already gone ahead of me! Admittedly, I have moments where I take my eyes off Jesus and the aforementioned is not my testimony. Instead, I give in to fear and choose to pursue comfort because it feels safe. However, once I get my eyes back on Him, I become spiritually realigned and regain proper focus. This heart of mine can be fickle, but I pray for more faithfulness. I pray to consistently walk in the truth, knowing that Jesus is enough, and He is all I need!
About the Author
Anika Jones is a speaker and author of the book Lessons Learned Along The Way: A 40 Day Devotional. She blogs about faith and family at LivingForLater.com and posts weekly videos on her YouTube channels, Living For Later (@livingforlater) and Living Life Now (@livinglifenow). Anika loves speaking about developing intimacy with God and understanding who we are in Christ. She serves alongside her husband in ministry. They live in Illinois with their 6 children.