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2. Is It Enough?

Is the life of Jesus inside of you enough for you right now? Or do you require something else? Do you require your own life besides? Or can you look at Jesus alive inside of you and know that He is the only life you are? Can Jesus be your present flesh? Or must you have a flesh that is not His? Can Jesus be your present weakness, your present stumbling, your present failures, or do you require your own weakness and stumbling and failure completely separate from Him?


2. Is It Enough?

© Daniel Yordy 2011

Come to Me all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn of Me, for I am meek and lowly of heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light. Jesus, the Christ, speaking right now to you, dear reader. 

Is the Lord Jesus Christ enough for you?

The answer to that question must be a personal decision you make inside yourself without reference to anyone or anything else, a transaction that takes place between you and the Lord Jesus, alive and living in your heart. It is a personal decision, but it must also be a final decision.

That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith. The core and the totality of Paul’s gospel.

“Jesus does live in my heart,” you might say, and that is true and glorious beyond comprehension. But the question is not whether Jesus lives in your heart, but rather, is it enough? Are you willing to accept that same Jesus as everything?

The terrible reality is this. Most Christians who will say quickly, “Yes, Jesus lives in my heart,” do require something else. They require a whole lot else. They may deny that off the cuff, but if you were to shine the light directly on their hearts and the beliefs and convictions out of which they live, you would soon see all sorts of other things required outside of Jesus alive in them.

Let’s draw a clear line of separation here. 

Jesus walked this earth, laid down His life as a sacrifice for you and me, and rose from the dead. Jesus is right now seated at the right hand of the Father, expecting His enemies to be made His footstool. Jesus is coming again in great glory bringing salvation in fullness.

Jesus, back then, up there, some day. All that is great and real and true, and none of it is worth a hill of beans to you and me right now. We can have all sorts of ideas in our head about those things, but none of that is faith.

Paul said that the word of faith is in our hearts and in our mouths; he said that it is not “in heaven.”

Is this same Jesus, alive and living as all that He is, right now, in your heart, is He enough?

The Blood. Not the blood back then or up there, but the Blood alive in your heart. Is it enough?

Is the Blood alive in your heart enough for you never to see sin again, regardless of any outward occurrence?

Can you look at every part of your body and see it alive and holy and pure because of the Blood alive in you? Can you look at your mind and will and all your fluctuating emotions and see them all as utterly holy and pure, always and forever, because of the Blood alive in you? Can you look at your heart, your human heart, your desires and passions, your hopes and dreams, and see every part of your heart, not just pure and holy because of the Blood alive in you, but the place where Jesus lives?

Is the blood enough? Or do you require something else? 

Some Christians require the sight of their eyes. They require visible change in outward performance.  For them, the Blood cannot ever be enough, not in a thousand years of trying desperately hard. Find them again, a thousand years from now, and you will see them still desperate about “sin” because they made the personal decision that the Blood was not enough for them. 

Let me suggest something for you to consider. The Blood is bigger than you have ever heard or known or ever imagined. Could that be so? 

Will you see sin or will you see the Blood? It is a personal decision, a decision only you can make for yourself. It is a final decision. 

The Cross. Not the cross back then, nor the cross “in front of you,” but the cross alive in Jesus in your heart. Is it enough? 

Is the death of Jesus upon the cross, alive now and living in your heart, is that death enough for you regardless of anything – anything you may “feel” or “see?” Jesus spoke of the blessedness of those who believe, in full confidence of joy, against everything that they “see.” 

Can you look at every part of yourself right now, can you look at your flesh and your sin and see it dead only upon that cross, utterly inside of Jesus? Not the cross back then, but the living cross, alive inside of you right now? Can you look at your mind, your will, and your emotions – your “self” and see all of you, every part, inside of Jesus dead upon the cross, fully, totally, and forever, right now? Can you look at your heart right now, the dwelling place of Christ, and see only that which is always coming out of the living cross of Jesus always full inside your heart?

Is the cross enough? Or do you require something else?

Some Christians require the sight of their eyes and the “feelings” of their feelings. If they don’t feel “dead,” they immediately want to change what God says from, “You are dead,” to “You ought to be dead.” They are comfortable with forcing what God says to fit their human feelings. Some Christians imagine that they must get themselves onto the cross, a certain impossibility. They imagine they are always climbing off of it and trying, trying, trying, so very hard, to get back on it, with the horrific certainty inside that they will never really be able to say, “I am already dead.” Come back a thousand years from now, and you will find them, after 1000 years of failing to “stay on the cross,” still unable to say, “I am already dead inside of Jesus inside of me.

Christian unbelief is the very saddest unbelief of all.

Could I suggest something for you to consider? The Cross is bigger and more “it is finished” than you have ever heard or known or ever imagined. Could that be so? 
The Resurrection. Not the resurrection back then, nor the resurrection yet to come, but the resurrection life of Jesus alive in Jesus in your heart – and soul and body. Is it enough? 

Is the life of Jesus inside of you enough for you right now? Or do you require something else? Do you require your own life besides? Or can you look at Jesus alive inside of you and know that He is the only life you are? Can Jesus be your present flesh? Or must you have a flesh that is not His? Can Jesus be your present weakness, your present stumbling, your present failures, or do you require your own weakness and stumbling and failure completely separate from Him? 

Can Jesus carry all of you inside Himself? Are you content to be Him only? Or do you require your own person, your own self, your own “staked ground,” outside of Him? 
Some Christians require a “self” separate from God, a life of their very own that is not Jesus inside of them. They are not content to be Him, but must be themselves, always trying, trying, trying, so very hard to do “all that God says.” They don’t want to be flesh of His flesh, body of His body, life of His life, His person inside of their person. No, they demand their own flesh, their own life, their own person, separate and distinct from the Jesus who lives in their hearts. They just can’t bear to look inside themselves and see God. They are convinced if they see God inside themselves that He will be angry with them, and they will die. 

How can Jesus live inside our hearts and be so very, very small? 

Is it possible that the resurrection living inside of us is infinitely bigger than we have ever heard, known, or ever imagined? Is it possible that the resurrection living inside of us has already swallowed up the entire universe, including everything that we are right now? 

Is the resurrection enough for you? 

In that day you shall know that I am in the Father and you in Me and I in you. Jesus, the Christ, speaking right now to you, dear reader. 

Today is the day of salvation. Paul, the Apostle of Christ. 

Is today enough for you? Is it enough for you, for every part and all of you, to be inside of Jesus inside the Father, today? Is it enough for you, for Jesus to be inside of you, inside of all of you, every part, right now, today?
 
Some Christians insist on another salvation, a different day, the fullness of salvation only AFTER death has destroyed their bodies and they can no longer believe what they do not see. They are not content to be in Him and in Him only, but they require being somewhere else right now as well. They are not content for Jesus to be all there is in them right now, but they require something else to be inside themselves alongside of Him. Many Christians love a “life” of running back and forth, the little man who doesn’t know who he is, running back and forth, back and forth, between Jesus and something else. They require the strenuous hopelessness of not seeing as God sees to exist right there alongside of Jesus inside of them. 

Is Jesus’ yoke enough for you, His rest? Or is it too light? Is it too easy? Do you require a heavy yoke to join you to God, a yoke that no one can bear? A yoke that never brings you close? 

You know that Jesus lives in your heart. That knowledge is the most wonderful thing in all the universe. You are blessed beyond what you can know right now.
 
But you have a decision to make, a personal decision. It is your decision only, no pastor will stand with you, no theologian will come forward to take responsibility for your life. Your decision is yours alone. 

Is Jesus enough for you, can He be your life as well? 

He would like to be your life, tender and kind. He would like to carry your weakness, to be your failure and inability. He would like to be your flesh, flesh of His flesh, so very valuable and precious to Him. 

He died for you, you know. He died for ALL that you are. He lives for you, you know, He lives AS ALL that you are. But there must, there really must come from you one word, a simple and easy word. 

“Yes, Lord Jesus, you are enough for me.” 

Let that one word be final, let it be complete, let it be forever. 

Jesus utterly carries you; He is all there is in you. 

He is enough.