Devotional: More than enough
In this world nothing is ever good enough. We are constantly bombarded by pressures to have more, accomplish more, to be better, be prettier, be more this, more that. Sometimes these messages are bold and "in your face". Other times, they are subtle or even seemingly worthwhile and noble. But the message is always clear: be more, do more, have more. And so we pursue them because they don't appear to be inherently wrong or evil. Yet somehow, we always end up back where we started: feeling like we "need" more.
For one thing, it's because the world's standard of beauty and success keeps changing. What is beautiful today is ugly and worn out tomorrow; what works today, doesn't work tomorrow. Today's "it" is tomorrow's leftovers. Clothes go out of style, cars get old, superficial friendships fade away, lust fizzles out, companies go bankrupt, jobs are lost, etc. and one day we realize all our efforts have been in vain because it's never good enough. And we start over again trying to have, do and be more. But this time, we do it the right way, or so we tell ourselves. It's a vicious cycle of trying to fix our brokenness with the wrong glue and ending more broken each time.
And to be clear, there is nothing wrong with pursuing excellence or seeking a higher quality of life. We are called to a life of excellence and to live and work as "unto the Lord." The problem lies when these pursuits become our identity, our purpose and our sense of worth, accomplishment and security apart from God, no matter how much we might attach His name to our endeavors.
But if we pursued Jesus Himself with the same amount of time, intensity and unyielding persistence that we pursue people and things, we would find the authentic and lasting solution that we think we are going to get through the other stuff: real love, real peace, real belonging, real satisfaction, real accomplishment; and they aren't swept away with time or circumstances.
Consider this: Solomon, the wisest and richest man who ever lived admitted that all his success meaningless: "I denied myself nothing my eyes desired; I refused my heart no pleasure. My heart took delight in all my labor, and this was the reward for all my toil. Yet when I surveyed all that my hands had done and what I had toiled to achieve, everything was meaningless, a chasing after the wind; nothing was gained under the sun." Ecclesiastes 2:10-11.
The man who literally had everything.... brains, money, servants, worldwide fame and honor, unprecedented material possessions and success, 700 women and limitless sexual pleasure.... says, "Nah... wasn't worth it."
In this world of "never enough" and "not good enough" Jesus is not only our "enough", He's our "more than enough." Forever, not just for a season. We find wholeness, healing, peace, belonging and rest for our weary souls in a way that people and things will never do, no matter how shiny or noble they appear today. People and things were never meant to fill and satisfy the "Jesus only" shaped hole in our human hearts. If they could, then Jesus would stand as an equal to them, not as the vastly superior life-giving Savior that He is.
Of no human being, material possession or accomplishment can it ever be said, "For he satisfies the longing soul, and fills the hungry soul with goodness." Psalm 107:9