Thursday, July 10, 2014

He's All I Need

The song is very simple; "He's all I need, He's all I need. Jesus is all I need." And yet, it is very profound. In a world where we are constantly bombarded with advertisements for the many things we need, that we didn't even know we needed, what a great revelation to realize that Jesus is all we really need.

It is true that we, as human beings, need certain things. We need water and food to survive. We need shelter and clothing for protection. However, above all other things, we need Jesus. He is the one that provides for us all that we need.

Jesus made this statement: “For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?”  Mark 8:36. This is such an important lesson to learn. Satan would like us to spend our time and energy pursuing all manner of things in this world. Things that have no lasting value. Things that can distract us from our Lord. What profit will there be in that?

Paul states it this way; “For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain” Philippians 1:21. “But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ” Philippians 3:7. “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me” Philippians 4:13

Something so simple and yet so difficult. He's all I need. When life is going quite contrary to our expectations, He's all you need. When the doctor gives bad news, He's all you need. When we can't see the horizon and can't make sense of anything, He's all you need. When you've lost all that is dear to you, He's all you need. How often we look to other people, places and things, when we need to be looking to Jesus.

Coming to the realization that Jesus is all we need brings us to a place of great freedom. We don't often realize just how much the things in our life hold control over us. When we understand that everything comes from our Lord, those things lose their control over us. There is no greater freedom than when we get to that place where we truly understand and believe that Jesus is truly all we need.

Some lyrics from a song by Genelle Tennant:

He's all I need when I just need someone to talk to,
He's always there to hear my prayer each time I call him;
All my needs He supplies, my thirsty soul He satisfies,
He's the Lord of lords, He's all I need.

He comforts me when I'm weary and eases every pain,
Fills my deepest longing time and time again;
He's my soul's inspiration, my heart's consolation,
He's my everything, He's all I need.

He's all I need, I need not turn to any other,
For He's a friend I can depend closer than a brother;
On this friend I can rely to be my strength as life goes by,
He's the Lord of all, He's all I need.

Gordon Crook