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How Does Jesus Become Enough? by Bob Roberts

If Jesus is enough, what does it mean to know Him intimately and live for Him even when things are difficult? How is your relationship with God going? Are you able to say with a sincere heart that Jesus is enough for you? I've identified some important keys to Jesus becoming enough for our lives, our churches and our world.

Get in a position to receive all that He wants to give us
When we are not convinced God has given us enough, we will have an incessant need for others to affirm us. We will want others to give us praise. We'll crave money. We'll wish to be viewed as the best, the most talented and the most likely to succeed. Most people never get far beyond their accolades in the high school yearbook. Why? Because they look for what others have to offer to make them feel significant instead of finding their identity in Christ. However, to receive from others, we have to prove ourselves and dance their dance. To be in a position to receive from God, we accept all He has done, just as we are.

Let go of our own glory and ego and embrace God's glory
God's work must be done in God's way. All our movement is God's work. Sadly, our sense of significance is tied to the fact that we want what we want and how we want it. D.L. Moody said once that Moses lived his life in three phases. He spent his first 40 years thinking he was somebody, his second 40 years finding out he was a nobody, and his third 40 years discovering what God could do with a nobody! Is there anything wrong with ambition? No, unless it is self-centered. Philippians 2:3 reminds us, "Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves." (NIV)

See Him in every circumstance no matter how painful or difficult
Sometimes the things that bring disappointment and brokenness are the very things God has allowed so He can use them. I am convinced had NorthWood continued on successfully with thousands on our rolls in '92, I would have never been broken and open to seeing what God wanted to do. He certainly wasn't moving in a way I wanted or expected.

Prepare to move with God instead of holding onto a name for yourself
Many of us would like to be Hebrews 11 kind of people. However, most of them never accomplished their greatest dreams. They moved towards them, and as they did, they achieved more than most ever dream of accomplishing. However, in their lifetimes, they weren't written up in the headlines. Many, if not most, died without anyone affirming them, but God. Scripture says they saw something better (Hebrews 11:39-40).

Give Him a lifetime in which to work
Jesus really is enough for many, many lifetimes over. If our intimate interaction with God empowers us to begin living that, I wonder how we, the church and the world, will be different? A dream can be accomplished quickly. A vision requires an entire lifetime.

Adapted from Transformation: How Glocal Churches Transform Lives and the World, by Bob Roberts, Jr., from Zondervan Publishers. © 2005

Check out Bob's Blog - Glocal.net
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See also the articles:

When Will Jesus Be Enough? - Bob Roberts
Risky or Risking Faith? - Bob Roberts
Missional vs. Traditional by Katie Driver

Constantine & the Institutionalization of the Church
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