ENOUGH

ENOUGH

Christ is Enough for me… have you sung that song?

“Christ is my reward
And all of my devotion
Now there's nothing in this world
That could ever satisfy”

It’s a great song, but when I sing it I think… BULLSHIT… !

Perhaps I should explain

I am writhing around in a fog of disappointment having spectacularly failed (because everything I do is spectacular, never ordinary) to take my family to India to serve the poor.

Given that we sold all our possessions to embark on this life in India, we find ourselves back in Australia having to re purchase new possessions in order to keep our possession quota up to the Australian standard.

Like is says in my version of

1 Corinthians 13 (paraphrased Bec version)

13 If I speak with human eloquence and angelic ecstasy but don’t have possessions, I’m nothing but the creaking of a rusty gate.
If I speak God’s Word with power, revealing all his mysteries and making everything plain as day, and if I have faith that says to a mountain, “Jump,” and it jumps, but I don’t have possessions, I’m nothing.
3-7 If I give everything I own to the poor and even go to the stake to be burned as a martyr, but I don’t have possessions, I’ve gotten nowhere. So, no matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I’m bankrupt without possessions.

Gee no wonder I feel like crap, I obviously need some possessions to satisfy my soul. I mean “Christ is enough for me” certainly makes me emotional and lovey dovey when I sing it at church, he IS ENOUGH for me during the service, but I’m not sure he can compete once I leave the building.
  
“Through every trial
My soul will sing
No turning back
I've been set free”

Yeah sure, I have been singing praises about being set free since my life FELL INTO THE TOILET! What the?

I mean I’m sure all the other Christians singing this song are living the dream, and can sing this in good conscience, but I’m a whinging, self-obsessed tantrum thrower and so I sing it in a  cognitive therapy kind of way, perhaps if I say it often enough it will be true!

“Christ is enough for me
Christ is enough for me
Everything I need is in You
Everything I need”

Ok, I’m going to give it a red hot go. 

Christ IS enough for me. He is the one who gives me breath, who created me with wide calfs, fuzzy hair and great teeth. He DIED for me, so that I might have freedom in him. I CAN DO THIS. Christ IS MORE THAN ENOUGH for me *riding spiritual wave*

Whilst the spiritual wave is great, it’s not an effective form of transport so we need to buy a car.

Car shopping is one of those favourite marriage building moments.

We search the internet with a cup of tea like the lazy X generation that we are, and we narrow it down to 2 options.

We peel ourselves form our indented seats and go and look at these 2 fine specimens of transporting heaven.

Car number 1.
Seats 6 people…   check
Has a motor…   check
Looks reliable…   check
0 – 100 in under 4 seconds…   possibly not

Car number 2.

Seats 6 people…   check
Has a motor…   check
Looks reliable…   check
0 – 100 in under 4 seconds…   possibly not

“Car number 1 is enough for me
Car number 1 is enough for me
Everything I need is in it
Everything I need”

Car number 1, is black, which everyone knows, makes you look slimmer. It also has self-warming seats, which everyone knows is essential in the Perth climate. Car number 1 makes me look successful enough without being too showy, given that we just returned from hanging out with all those poor people.


Car number 2, Is purple. END OF STORY.

Oh dear God. *sinking feeling* Please don’t make me buy the purple car. (I should apologise to purple car owners everywhere, but I can’t)

“Christ my all in all
The joy of my salvation
And this hope will never fail
Heaven is our home”

OMG what if heaven is FULL of purple cars?? What does this say about us? Are we all gooby people who drive sensibly purchased cars based on our actual needs rather than getting around in our statement of worth and position on the posessioness ladder. Heaven forbid!

“Through every storm
My soul will sing
Jesus is here
To God be the glory”

Well the possibility of buying a sensibly purchased purple car may not seem like a storm. But to me this is a freaking HURRICANCE. I even cried at the prospect! Dear Lord, how much patience you must have!

So is Christ enough?

He IS MORE than I could ever ask for or imagine. But this world of “wealth” is a dark and sneaky beast who will slither around me and whisper in my ear, that having seat warmers will make my life better. Or at least, that my life will be better than the next person, because that is important.

So here is a WARNING form a gooby Christian who constantly puts stupid things before God. You ready?

THAT STUFF WILL KILL YOU

It’s hollow, its aggressive, it will eat you alive.
It’s evil, it looks sooo good, it will make you fell “better”. It’s a trap.

DECIDE AGAINST IT

Get in your ridiculous purple car and drive away as fast as you can, because it will NEVER EVER satisfy you, it will never be enough.

Drive like a maniac towards Christ, don’t care who is looking or what they think. You WILL make mistakes, you WILL look foolish, and you WILL find that following Jesus is the life you were created for. You will find FREEDOM in him.

“I have decided to follow Jesus
No turning back
No turning back

The cross before me
The world behind me
No turning back
No turning back”