He is enough.

“He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities–all things were created through him and for him.”
– Colossians 1: 15-16, emphasis added.

All things. Everything. All the stars out there in that vast realm we perhaps pridefully call “Outer Space”. The water that blankets so much of our earth. The House you live in. Money. Every animal that walks, swims, crawls, slithers, whatever. That includes you. All created FOR Jesus. It’s about him. Period.

“And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent
Colossians 1: 17-18, emphasis added

There’s nothing else created to gain. What it’s all about. Not wealth, not stuff, none of that.

Following Jesus is no guarantee of a “good life”!! The message of the gospel, of Scripture, is not that following Jesus is equal to “everything goes right, and he lived happily (and wealth-ily) ever after, it’s ALL GONNA BE OKAY!!!”

It’s simply this. No matter what happens, Jesus is enough.

To believe the “everything will be ok” philosophy, is to completely ignore Scripture and Christian history. Check the Apostles. Killed. Horrifically. The fruit of the gospel in their lives? Beatings. Execution. Christianity was built and carried through the numerous generations up to the now, and will continue through the future, on the blood and bones of men. Not their wealth or their stuff. That makes Christ no longer preeminent, but the gifts of Christ.

He is enough. Whether we get what we want or not. We pursue healing. Maybe we get it. Maybe not. He gives it to some. “Where, O death, is your sting?” Death means we don’t have to struggle with it anymore. This is why we eagerly await Christ’s return, why we scream “COME GET US!!!”

This is a wildly unpopular belief. In our society, we want to believe that health and wealth will follow Christ. Desperately. But where’s the basis for that? You find it, show it to me. When it doesn’t come, adherents of this will heap guilt on you for not having enough faith. Somebody line THAT one up for me.

He is enough.

“For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.

And you, who once were alienated and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, he has now reconciled in his body of flesh by his death, in order to present you holy and blameless and above reproach before him, if indeed you continue in the faith, stable and steadfast, not shifting from the hope of the gospel that you heard, which has been proclaimed in all creation under heaven, and of which I, Paul, became a minister. “
Colossians 1: 19-23, emphasis added

The gospel promises enough strength to wake up and face each day. Rooted in the hope that we have, that we are presented “holy and blameless and above reproach” before God. Which is freaking amazing. Because, you see, I know me. I can’t lie to myself. The rest of you? Heck yes. Easily. But not me. I know who I am. And I also know what those words mean. And they don’t exactly line up there. Yet, there I am. Presented before God, holy, and blameless, and above reproach. If indeed I continue in the faith. There’s where the daily strength comes from.

He is enough.

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    • kelley-kel-kel
    • October 25th, 2006

    AMEN brother Brandon!

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