August 18: Contentment in Christ

Read Luke 22:35

In Luke 22:35, “Jesus asked [his disciples], ‘When I sent you without purse, bag or sandals, did you lack anything?’

‘Nothing,’ they answered.”

We need to remember that in Jesus we lack nothing.

We have everything we need to be who God says we are and to do what He asks us to do.

To back up, Jesus was referring to a moment in his ministry where he sent out his disciples in pairs to nearby villages and towns to preach about the kingdom. His instructions might sound peculiar to us, though: “Take nothing for your journey except a staff…” (Read Mark 6:6-12 for the whole story)

Jesus instructed them to head to these towns without the essential supplies because He wanted His power to be the undeniable source of the life-change that resulted during their trip.

Here’s the funny thing, though. While it’s true that in Jesus we lack nothing, it’s also true that without Jesus we lack EVERYTHING! Everything that would make an eternal impact in our family, our neighbors, our friends (and even our enemies).

That’s because God’s Spirit supplies all that you and I need…

…to love.

…to obey.

…to be courageous.

…to repent.

…to change.

…to witness.

…to speak up for others.

…to know God and worship Him.

At times, I’ve felt inadequate for the journey ahead of me and forgotten I have all I need in Jesus. I start to wish for a way out, a way around, or another person’s way. But remembering God’s presence in me makes me content that His way is the best way. And so, I move forward, following after the calling God has for my life.

He has a calling for your life, too.

Romans 12:1 in the message begins with this very reminder: So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you…”

God helping you. He really does. In Jesus, you lack nothing. You have everything you need.

Ben Framstad

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