Is Jesus Enough?

IS JESUS ENOUGH?

If God never answered any one of our prayers ever again, would we still live for Jesus?
The desperate state of the human condition leaves us heavily dependent on God’s graces. However, is the person of Jesus Christ, enough to keep us loyal, simply because of what He’s already done?
So, what is the human condition? This verse tells us:

JEREMIAH 17:9(NLTSE) “The human heart is the most deceitful of all things, and desperately wicked. Who really knows how bad it is?

The good news is that God can change a willing yielded heart:

EZEKIEL 36:26(NLTSE) And I will give you a new heart, and I will put a new spirit in you. I will take out your stony, stubborn heart and give you a tender, responsive heart.

The apostle Paul had no expectations or sense of entitlement based on the promises of God. As long as he had Jesus:

PHILIPPIANS 3:7-8(NLTSE) 7 “I once thought these things were valuable, but now I consider them worthless because of what Christ has done. 8 Yes, everything else is worthless when compared with the infinite value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have discarded everything else, counting it all as garbage, so that I could gain Christ”

It’s good that we have an expectation of faith, trusting in God’s supernatural provision, but let’s consider the heroes of faith in Hebrews 11
Vs7 by faith Noah, vs8 by faith Abraham, vs11 by faith Sarah, vs20 by faith Isaac, vs21 by faith Jacob, vs22 by faith Joseph, vs31 by faith Rahab

HEBREWS 11:13(NLTSE) All these people died still believing what God had promised them. They did not receive what was promised, but they saw it all from a distance and welcomed it. They agreed that they were foreigners and nomads here on earth

These heroes are inspirational, but the real challenge to our hearts is from vs 35-39

HEBREWS 11:35-39(NLTSE) 35 “Women received their loved ones back again from death. But others were tortured, refusing to turn from God in order to be set free. They placed their hope in a better life after the resurrection. 36 Some were jeered at, and their backs were cut open with whips. Others were chained in prisons. 37 Some died by stoning, some were sawed in half, and others were killed with the sword. Some went about wearing skins of sheep and goats, destitute and oppressed and mistreated. 38 They were too good for this world, wandering over deserts and mountains, hiding in caves and holes in the ground. 39 All these people earned a good reputation because of their faith, yet none of them received all that God had promised”

Jesus told Paul that His grace was all Paul needed, not His provision:

2 CORINTHIANS 12:9(NLTSE) Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me

For us to have a sense of sufficiency in Jesus, well have to have a depth of relationship in Him, that comes from personal experiential knowledge of Jesus. Something we’ve learnt and experienced for ourselves and not just taught to us by someone else:

COLOSSIANS 3:3(NLTSE) For you died to this life, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God

There’s absolutely nothing wrong with learning from others, but what do you have that you’ve learnt from Jesus personally?
May God help us to find contentment in Jesus for what He’s already done, while trusting for future needs

1 TIMOTHY 6:6(NLTSE) Yet true godliness with contentment is itself great wealth