The first time I wrote for Missional Women I had this movie-like moment. I spent a large minute staring at myself in the mirror wondering if I was qualified to write. The moment was interrupted by me laughing at myself because…who actually looks in the mirror and ponders big questions? Actors do. In movies. Not in real life.
Now, a few years later, my sturggles have changed. I have this immense preassure (that I put on myself) to write something that God can use to grow the Kingdom. I feel like I have to word something in such a new way that it pushes people to action. And if I fail to do so… then I fail to do my job. And if I fail to do my job… then who knows if I even deserve Heaven at all?!
God faithfully reminded me of the same thing He always reminds me of.
Jesus + Nothing = Everything
I’m hesitant to write this blog post because I don’t want someone to stop reading right here and think that they can/should live a life without action.
Jesus calls us to availability. He calls us to have faith. He calls us to be His partners in Kingdom Work, but none of that is our salvation.
I’ve been in Christian circles long enough to be confident in the fact that I am not the only person who struggles with this concept. It is so easy to fill that second slot with something. If I were honest about what I try to add to Jesus it would look something like this:
Jesus + Ministry = Everything
Jesus + Money = Everything
Jesus + My Family = Everything
Listen to me, I’m preaching to myself just as much as I’m preaching to you. We need not add anything to receive salvation. That is solely from Jesus. We do not need to be perfect or avoid sin or say the right things or join a million Bible Studies.
We. Need. Jesus.
Jesus is EVERYTHING.
“He [Jesus] might taste death for everyone—crowned with glory and honor because of His sufferings in death.” -Hebrews 2:9b
Jesus did it. He did everything. With His blood our imperfections were made perfect. We have faith. We believe and worship in our hearts and He does EVERYTHING.
Jacque is the Missional Women Intern and a college student in Denver, CO who balances her time between trying to go to class and learning about His saving grace and perfect love as much as she can. She is a twenty something, DIY attempting, Jesus loving, Denver living, small town rooted, Colorado sports fan. She loves black coffee, long conversations and watching people do what God created them for. You can find her Christian Twenty Somethings blog at Desperately Dependent.
If you'd like to read more from this contributor, type her name in the search box on the top right.
Sharing this over at these awesome blogs.