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Sufficient Enough?

I have a confession to make: I struggle with being complacent. Always looking for the next big project or metaphorical mountain to climb. Always trying to find satisfaction or sufficiency, but like Mic Jagger says “I can’t get no satisfaction.” While this can be a positive trait, it also can keep me from recognizing healthy or unhealthy ambitions. I believe that many believers struggle with this as well, because the taste of the Gospel spurs into a pursuit of Christ – but without a healthy response to this appetite – it can prove to lead down unhealthy paths.

This drive keeps one from truly resting in the now and takes on the mentality of John W. Rockefeller  when asked how much was enough money by responding “just a dollar more.” What I’ve come to realize is that “more” is not a bad thing when left in the person of Christ.

The Gospel is the message of hope and salvation, but for many Christ-followers we leave the Gospel at the moment of conversion and attempt to find spiritual strength through the next Christian “fad”, Bible study, charismatic speaker, mission trip, youth camp, or worship song. When that doesn’t work we drift off into an unhealthy spiritual complacency.

Over the years I’ve been  concerned with the Christian celebrity syndrome. Scores of church goers following every possible blog, tweet, book, speaking engagement or worship band to the point of fanaticism. This is nothing new. Paul writes in I Corinthians “each one of you says ‘I follow Paul’ or ‘I follow Apollos’ or ‘I follow Cephas’ or ‘I follow Christ.'” People have always abandoned their dependency on the Gospel in order to pursue “gospel attractions.” And just like the old self seeking to find peace in the world, the believer who seeks to find rest in a pastor, speaker, author or band finds them self wanting.

One of the greatest messages of the Bible is that our sufficiency is in Christ. The grace of God is enough for the believer to rest in their new identity of being a child of God. But my exhortation today is to not stop there. The believer must fight to maintain that Christ alone is sufficient for all of their needs.

Paul writes in II Corinthians 12:9 “‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.'” Christ is sufficient means that he is adequate for a particular purpose  with implication of leading to satisfaction. While we are sufficient in Christ, Christ is sufficient in every circumstance life presents us. When your youth pastor moves – Christ is sufficient. When a church leader has a moral failure – Christ is sufficient. When depression grips you like a vice – Christ is sufficient. When cancer ravages your body – Christ is sufficient.

May our ambition be to find satisfaction and rest in the Gospel and not reclaim the idol of Christian celebrity, but find Christ sufficient.

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